Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Deschutes 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.

See the clerk's Miscellaneous Record (Clerk and Recorder Miscellaneous Recordings) for military discharge records before 1945. Since 1983 military discharges have been recorded in the clerk's Official Record (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings). References to soldiers' relief were included in the Commissioners Journal (County Commissioners Administrative Journals) beginning in 1916. The Web-based Deschutes County Clerk's Office Recording System Web Query includes searchable access to military discharge information beginning in 1985.

Records at the Deschutes County Archives:
Honorable Discharge Record [Index to vol. 1 to 14-also includes discharge certificates from 1968 to 1969], vol. 15, 1945-1984 (1 volume);
U.S. Discharge Record [title varies], vol. 1-14, 1945-1968 (14 volumes).

Records at the Deschutes Services Center, Clerk's Office Research Room:
Record of Discharges, vol. 15-16, 1969-1982 (2 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Deschutes Historical Center, Room 317:
Oregon Civil Reserves [Records-includes aircraft observers, first aid, medical, police, block wardens, instructors, regions, motor corps, salvage, and other subjects], ca.1942-ca.1945 (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Deschutes County Web Site:
Military Discharge Records [Index-Clerk's Historical Indexes], 1945-1984 (Internet).

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