The names of more than 37,000 New Yorkers who gave their lives during World War II can now be searched online and downloaded into a searchable Excel spreadsheet.
An effort of the New York State Military Museum and dedicated volunteers, the information can be viewed at http://dmna.ny.gov/historic/reghist/wwii/wwii_HonorList/wwii_dead.htm.
To use the database, a researcher needs, at minimum, the last name of the soldier or sailor they are seeking.
A typical entry includes the service member’s name, service number, branch of service, how and when they died, where they are buried and, in some instances, next-of-kin information.
There are no service numbers available for Navy and Marine Corps deaths.
In May 2013, volunteers began inputting information on New Yorkers listed in the Army and Navy casualty counts. They cross-indexed the information with the American Battle Monuments Commission website, to include data on where the service member was buried.
Local volunteers who contributed their time to the project include: Mia Bango of Siena College, Dawn Farrar of Malta, Mike Mansir of Ballston Spa, John McCarty of Waterford, Bruce Scott of Selkirk and Sean Sullivan of Queensbury.
The New York State Military Museum, located in Saratoga Springs, is administered by the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs.
The museum holds New York military artifacts dating back to the Civil War as well as books, photographs and historic weapons.