Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Columbia County Records Inventory

Military Records


Series lists those eligible for military service and records the discharge dates of those who served in the military. Series includes eligibility, enlistment, discharge registers, or muster rolls, and may include alphabetical indexes. Information includes name of individual serving or eligible for service; enlistment and discharge dates and codes; residences at birth and enlistment; occupations and ages at time of enlistment; branches of service; precinct numbers; service records including commendations; physical condition, education and types of jobs performed while in service; and rank at discharge. Access to military discharge records may be restricted for 75 years by 2009 Oregon Legislative Assembly SB 618.

Beginning in 1988 military discharge records were filed with the Clerk's Recordings (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Columbia County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Enumeration of the Inhabitants and Military Enrollment of Columbia County, 1905 (1 volume);
Record of Army Lists, vol. A, 1887-1900 (1 volume).

Records at the Columbia County Courthouse Annex, Clerk's Personal Office, Side Room:
Discharge Books, no. 1-11, 1919-1958 (5 reels of microfilm);
Discharge Record-Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines, vol. 1, 1919-1945 (1 volume);
Military Discharge [Records], 1967-2003 (24 inches of aperture cards);
[U.S. Service Discharge Record Index], 1945-1956 (1 volume);
U.S. Service Discharge Record, vol. 2-11, 1945-1958 (10 volumes).

Records at the Columbia County Courthouse Annex, Clerk's Office:
Index to U.S. Service Discharge Records, 1919-1988 (1 volume).


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