World War II Prisoners of the Japanese, 1941 to 1945

There are 29,879 records in the World War II Prisoners of the Japanese Records Index, which cover the period between 1941 and 1945. These records were compiled from the National Archives. To learn more about the World War II Prisoners of the Japanese Records Index, visit the National Archives .

Information Available In This Collection

Each record in the World War II Prisoners of the Japanese Records Index typically displays the full name of the individual along with his rank and unit. Also, the name of the war is listed, which is always World War II for this collection.

About the National Archives

The National Archives holds the source records for the World War II Prisoners of the Japanese Records Index. Individuals who wish to obtain copies of these records or research them further should contact the National Archives using the following information.

National Archives
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, Maryland 20740
866-272-6272

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The record collection that holds information on Americans taken prisoner by the Japanese during World War II is a supplement to the Records of World War II Prisoners of War and supplies the individual's full name, service number, rank, service branch, information source and any unit information available and retrieved from the parent unit. These records are mostly for military personnel, although there are a few civilians who were taken prisoner by the Japanese and are recorded here. These records can be searched online or viewed in person at the National Archives and are considered unrestricted.

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