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MNHS has many useful records documenting military service.  Most of these are in the State Archives collection under the records of the Adjutant General and the Department of Military Affairs.

The Adjutant General is a constitutional officer appointed by the governor.  The function of this office is to manage the state militia (the National Guard) and the various armories and support facilities for it.  

The Department of Military Affairs was created after World War II.  It administers a variety of veterans programs.

This guide will give you an overview on how to find records from the following wars:

Company B, 36th Infantry, parading east on Sixth Street in St. Paul during the World War.



Military service record cards, [ca. 1860]-[ca. 1945].
Service record cards for persons who entered federal military service via the Minnesota National Guard and its predecessor, the Minnesota State Militia. They include army, navy, marines, foreign service, naval militia, surgeons and nurses, home and state guards, and cemetery burials. They cover the period from the Civil War through World War II.
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