Series 14019
Kane County (Utah). County Recorder Military discharges

Dates: 1945-1994.

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

Since 1923, Utah Code has provided that upon presentation, the county recorder shall record honorable discharges from the military, naval or marine service of the United States, and any orders, citations, and decorations of honor relating to a person while in the military service of the United States. County recorders' copies are considered evidence with the same effect as the original. (Utah Code, 17-21-14, 2000). Military discharges contain a wide range of personal information, as well as military service and discharge information. Documents in this series represent discharges from World War I to the Vietnam War and after.

The United States military used a wide variety of forms to document separation from various branches of service. While the forms are different, they contain similar information. They include personal information, such as name, date and place of birth, race, marital status, occupation, education, character notes, physical description, immunization records, notes on personal marks or identifications, and notes on general physical condition at the time of discharge. They contain military information, such as date and place of induction, military serial number, grade, rank, branch of service, evaluation of military skills, military decorations, citations and awards, military campaigns participated in, and wounds received in battle. Discharge data include such things as date, reason, and location of discharge, home address or other destination, travel allowance, pay and insurance data, and the signature of a discharging officer. Since the county recorder entered discharges as they were presented, a significant time could elapse between the actual date of discharge and the date recorded. This is particularly true of the few World War I discharges included in this series.


Chronological by date recorded.

Related Records

Military separation forms and benefit records from the Department of Administrative Services. Division Archives and Records Service, Series 2794, has been compiled from multiple sources, and includes primarily World War II discharges, but also some World War I and post World War II discharges.

Official records from Kane County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 5002, contains a variety of records for which the county recorder was responsible. Additional military discharges could be recorded here.

Military discharge forms from the Department of Veterans' Affairs, Series 19958, collected by the Utah Office of Veterans Affairs, primarily contains DD-214 forms issued from 1980 to 1991.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Processing Note

Kane County military discharges were microfilmed by the Utah State Archives in August 1994 and processed by Rosemary Cundiff in August 2000.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Index by surname is included.

Indexing Terms

  • World War, 1914-1918—Kane County (Utah)—Veterans.
  • World War, 1939-1945—Kane County (Utah)—Veterans.
  • Military discharge—Utah—Kane County.
  • Soldiers—Utah—Kane County.

Container List

1 1945-1994

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.