Series 84088
Wayne County (Utah). County Recorder Military discharges

Dates: 1945-1974.

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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. County recorders' copies are considered evidence with the same effect as the original. (Utah Code, 17-1-14, 2000). Military discharge records include extensive personal information as well as military service and discharge information. Documents in this series represent discharges from World War I to the Vietnam War.

Discharges kept by the Wayne County recorder include a variety of forms, but their content is similar. Personal information usually includes 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. Military and discharge information includes such things 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, 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 recorder entered discharges as they were presented, a significant time might elapse between the date of discharge and recording.


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, contain military discharges compiled from multiple sources, including county recorders' copies. It contains primarily World War II discharges.

Official records from Wayne County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 7070, may contain additional military discharges.

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

Wayne County military discharges were microfilmed by Utah State Archives in July 1977 and processed by Rosemary Cundiff in July 2000.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Index by name of serviceman is included.

Indexing Terms

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

Container List

1 1945-1974

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.