Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Coos 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.

Before 1946 military discharges were filed in the Miscellaneous Record (Clerk and Recorder Miscellaneous Recordings). Military discharge records were included with the Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings) from 1965 until a 2009 law change. They have been retrospectively placed into a separate record series.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Discharge Records-Card Index], 1946-ca.2008 (1 cu.ft.);
[Examiners Register-also includes certificates of tax redemptions, registrations of dentists and optometrists, licenses to sell opium and morphine, and a small number of civil war discharge records-with index], 1875-1906 (1 volume);
Honorable Discharge Record [title varies-with index], vol. 1-11, 1946-1964 (11 volumes);
[Honorable Discharge Record-with index], vol. 1-11, 1946-1964 (4 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Oregon Historical Society:
Mss. 1514 [Muster Roll], 1894 (.05 cu.ft.).


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