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Anderson, SC USA

Military Collections (Navy, Army, Marines, WWI, WWII)

GG Archives Military Collage

Helping Military Personnel, Veterans, their Families, and Descendants Discover More About Their Service.

Our collections include books, yearbooks, magazines, brochures, historical documents, and period articles. While much of our collections have focused on the United States Navy, we also have significant materials on World Wars I and II. Our military collections are known for Bootcamp yearbooks, primarily for the US Navy. Still, they include the US Army and the US Marine Corps.

Links are also included for our most popular topics for each military branch, and WW1 and WW2 are also included below.

United States Navy

United States Navy Overview of Collection

US Navy Archives Collection Collage

Extensive United States Navy collections at the GG Archives focus on the Enlisted Men and Women who served in the Navy during the Twentieth Century.

United States Navy Books

The Navy : Naval Historical Foundation

Our library of books by or about the United States Navy includes pictorials, training manuals, topical subject matter books, history, ships, and submarines, published from the early 1900s through current releases.

U.S. Navy Booklets, Brochures and Pamphlets

Men Make The Navy - The Navy Makes Men

The GG Archives has an excellent collection of United States Navy and Naval Brochures from the Twentieth Century. Many have been transcribed in their entirity including photographs.

United States Navy Cruise Book Collection

1998-1999 Arabian Gulf Cruise - USS Enterprise

The United States Navy produces Cruise Books that document the daily life of officers and crew members on voyages or deployments. Primarily a photographic record, the Cruise Books often exceed 500 pages and produce one of the best accounts of their voyages available to the public.

Magazines and Periodicals on or about the US Navy

Magazines and Periodicals about or by the US Navy

Magazines in our Navy Collection include All Hands Magazine; Approach: Naval Aviation Safety Review Magazine; Naval Aviation News; Naval History Magazine; Naval Institute Proceedings Magazine; Our Navy; The Hook: Journal of Carrier Aviation; and Others.

Recruit Boot Camp Yearbooks - US Naval Training Centers

USNTC at Bainbridge Maryland

Recruit boot camp graduation books for the United States Naval Training Centers at Bainbridge, Maryland (The Compass); Great Lakes (The Keel); Newport (The Helm); Orlando, Florida (The Rudder); and San Diego, California (The Anchor).

US Naval Women's Reserve - The WAVES - World War II

US Navy Wave Recruits Study "This is Your Navy" Book, a Supplement to the Bluejackets Manual.

The GG Archives collection includes books, brochures, and other ephemera on or about the WAVES and women serving in the United States Navy from World War II onwards.

United States Army

United States Army Collection Overview

Army Brochures, Booklets, Pamphlets, Leaflets

Documents, Books and other materials covering the United States Army from World War I through the 1990s.

US Army Basic Training (BCT) Yearbooks

Front Cover, Fort Dix Basic Training Yearbook 1960 Company L, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Training Regiment.

Our collection of US Army Basic Training Yearbooks include Fort Benning, Georgia, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Fort Dix, New Jersey, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Magazines About or By the United States Army

Army Magazines

Our Army Magazine collection is primarily of the Army Digest and Yank Magazine, printed from World War II forward.

United States Army

U.S. Army Archives

Our US Army Materials Include Documents, Books, and Other Materials, Including Books, Brochures, Selective Service System, BCT Yearbooks, Training Centers, and More.

United States Marine Corps

United States Marine Corps Collection Overview

Gear of a US Marine

Our holdings on United States Marine Corps are primarily focused on MCRD Boot Camp Books (Yearbooks/Graduation Books). Our collection contains books about the Marines, histories of the MCRDs, Certificates, and historical articles.

MCRD Boot Camp Books

Front Cover, MCRD Marine Boot Camp Book - San Diego - 2006

United States Marine Corps Recruit Depot Boot Camp Books feature rosters and photographs of Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers, and Recruits for Platoons trained at either Parris Island, South Carolina or San Diego, California.

World War I (WW1): The Great War

World War 1: The Great War Collection Overview

World War 1: The Great War

The GG Archives has substantial materials on WWI - including information and photographs of Camp Pike, Camp Grant, Camp Dix, Camp Dodge, and others. Unique coverage of the WW1 Draft, Unit Histories, and More.

World War 1 Book Collection

World War 1 Book Collection

Explore the captivating history of World War 1. The so-called Great War was one of the most devastating conflicts in our history. Our collection features rare and insightful books, primarily from an American perspective.

World War 1 Brochure Collection

World War 1 Brochure Collection

Our Brochures cover a wide range of subjects about World War 1. The Topics include necessary addresses by VIPs, recruitment, and valuable information for discharged soldiers

World War 1 Documents

Documents of World War 1

Our collection includes many papers genealogists and family historians will come upon during their research. Our extensive document collection is helpful for students studying the great war and teachers seeking primary source documents to enhance their lessons.

World War 1 Draft / Conscription

World War 1 Draft - The Conscription of Men in America

Our collection includes draft and selective service documents and photographs, including Notice of Certification to District Board, Notice of Enrollment Under Military Law, Draft Registration Cards, Registration Certificates, Questions & Answers, and more.

The Hello Girls Telephone Operators of World War I

The Hello Girls Telephone Operators of the Signal Corps in World War I

Our comprehensive collection of articles, photographs, books, documents, congressional bills, and more provides and extensive volume of research materials for genealogists and students.

World War I Photo Library - The Great War

Image Library of the Great War.

The GG Archives has curated many photographs relating to World War 1, with most of the material created during the war (1914-1918). Some of these images deal with post-war topics such as transports home and the soldier's bonus.

King George V in the Great War Including Correspondence and Photographs

King George V in the Great War Including Correspondence and Photographs

Our unique collection includes photographs, letters, and biography of the English ruler, King George V.

The Lusitania Story - The Sinking of an Ocean Liner

The Ill-Fated Lusitania

Our collection about the SS Lusitania of the Cunard Line includes articles and books about the sinking of the great and luxurious ocean liner by the German U-Boat and the aftermath that caused the US to enter World War I.

Our Navy in the Great War

Front Cover, Our Navy's Part in the Great War by John Wilber Jenkins, 1919.

Based on the Booklet "Our Navy's Part in the Great War" by John Wilber Jenkins, this section organizes the content and supplements the text with additional photographs to help tell the US Navy's story in World War 1.

Soldier's Bonus / The Bonus Army of World War 1

Collage of Soldiers' Bonus Materials Including Poster of Discharge Bonus, Application for Adjusted Compensation for Service in the Army, and an Image of the Soldiers' Bonus Check From the State of Minnesota

Our collection of documents in this section are from the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Family Archives and other sources. The papers include certificates, vouchers, and payments of the Adjusted Compensation Act and the Minnesota Soldier's Bonus.

World War 1 Periodcal Collection

World War 1 Periodcal Collection

From Camp Newspapers, Great Lakes Recruit, The Great War Magazine, Current History Magazine, and others, the GG Archives has curated a historically valuable collection of periodicals covering the Great War.




World War II

World War 2 Collection Overview

World War II Archives

The GG Archives has a substantial amount of material on World War 2. Currently, we have a limited amount of material online, primarily our WW2 library.

Holidays & Observances

Military Holidays and Observances

Chicago Observing Memorial Day with a Parade circa 1921.

Military holidays and Observances historically have included Armed Forces Day, Army Day, Declaration of Peace, Flag Day, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day.

Rank Insignia

US Military Enlisted Rank Insignia

US Military Enlisted Rank Insignia

Military rank is more than just who salutes whom. Military rank is a badge of leadership. Responsibility for personnel, equipment, and mission grows with each advancement.

Warrant Officer Insignia - US Military

US Military Warrant Officers Insignia.

Warrant officers hold warrants from their service secretary and are specialists and experts in certain military technologies or capabilities.

Commissioned Officer Insignia, US Military

Commissioned Officer Insignia, US Military

The commissioned ranks are the highest in the military. These officers hold presidential commissions and are confirmed at their ranks by the Senate.


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