The Admiral Nimitz Foundation has been supporting the mission of the National Museum of the Pacific War since 1970. This year, the foundation announced the creation of a lineage society for the descendants of those who served in any branch of the U.S. military during World War II. The Society of Sons and Daughters of World War II was launched on January 1, 2011. According to its website, the society has a threefold purpose:
To allow individuals to prove family ancestry and lineage from an American Veteran of World War II.
To perpetuate the story of the sacrifices and achievements of the generation of Americans that fought and won World War II.
To create a public database of military records from individual World War II Veterans accessible to future historians, authors and students researching the legacy of WWII.
The Society offers three categories of membership:
Lineal. Individuals demonstrating lineal descent through birth or adoption, any and all generations
Collateral. Individuals demonstrating collateral family relationship, any and all generations
Memorial. Individuals presenting a WWII Veteran for inclusion in the records as a friend, with no claim of family relationship
A one-time fee of $125 is asked for the first applicant. Siblings and descendants of an applicant can be included on the same application for a fee of $25/each. Any member who supports the Society with an additional gift of $100 or more will be considered a charter member.
The Society’s website provides links for researching individuals who served. It also provides links to history websites for each of the six branches of service: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Merchant Marine, and Navy.
The goals of this organization are certainly noteworthy. And documentation of descent will likely be much easier than organizations such as Mayflower Descendants or the DAR, as you will only have to cover a few decades instead of centuries. Find out more at www.sonsanddaughtersofww2veterans.org.