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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Polk County Records Inventory

Military Records

1854-1995

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 1970 military discharges were recorded in the Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Military Eligibility Register, 1892-1901 (1 volume).

Records at the Polk County Courthouse, County Clerk's Office:
Discharges [Military Service Discharge Record], vol. 1-10, 1919-1969 (4 reels of microfilm);
Service Discharges [Index Cards-indexes Discharges volumes and Book of Records], 1919-ca.1995 (.60 cu.ft.).

Records at the Polk County Public Works Department Complex, Building 12, Central Area Pallet:
Muster Roll, 1854-1855 (.05 cu.ft.);
Names of Persons Liable to do Military Duty [stored in box with naturalization records], 1877 (1 volume).

Records at the Polk County Historical Society Museum, Archives:
US Military Discharges [Record-with index], vol. 1-10, 1919-1969 (10 volumes).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Military Pensioner List, 1883 (US GenWeb Project).

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