Series 84234
Washington County (Utah). County Recorder Military discharges

Dates: 1923-1967.

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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 Untied 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, 17-21-14, 2000). Military discharges contain extensive personal, as well as military and discharge information. The Washington County recorder recorded discharges from 1923 to 1966, but the documents generally relate to men who were discharged in one of three time periods: 1898-1900; 1918-1920 and 1944-1948.

Some recorder's copies are filled out forms similar to the actual discharge, and others are typed transcripts of information on the discharge. Personal information might include, 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 might include 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, 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.


According to branch of service or time of discharge, thereunder in chronological order.

The county recorder entered military discharges in one of three books. In Book M 1 (1923-1967) he primarily recorded discharges from the late nineteenth century and World War I periods. He recorded some current discharges during the early 1940s, but thereafter resumed recording only discharges from earlier time periods. In Books M 2 and M 3 (1944-1946; 1946-1948), he began separating discharges according to branch of service and thereunder recording them chronologically. Almost all records in these books relate to men who had recently been discharged, but a few World War I discharges still appear.

Research Note

Page numbering in Books M 2 and M 3 is not continuous, but is consecutive within sections. Book M 2 contains: Army discharges filed Oct 1944-Aug 1946 on pages 21-483; mixed Army, Navy and Coast Guard discharges filed Feb 1945-Jun 1946 on pages 593-601; Navy discharges filed Sep 1944-Aug 1946 on pages 421-680, but with extra pages numbered 447A, etc, and skipping from page 559 to 660; Marine Corps discharges filed Oct 1945-Feb 1946 on pages 533-542; and Coast Guard discharges filed Dec 1945-May 1946, pages 585-587. Book M 3 contains Army discharges filed Aug 1946-Oct 1967 on pages 1-324A; Navy discharges filed Aug 1946-Mar 1964 on pages 1-162N; followed by Marine Corps discharges filed Sep 1946-Feb 1949 on pages 1-15.

Related Records

Military separation forms and benefit records from the Department of Administrative Services. Division Archives and Records Service, Series 2794, is a collection of military discharges compiled from multiple sources including county recorders' copies. It includes primarily World War II discharges, but also a few World War I and post World War II discharges.

Grantee indexes from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 82703, are a master index which references Washington County military discharges.

Grantor indexes from Washington County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 82704, are a master index which references Washington County 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

Washington County military discharges were microfilmed by Utah State Archives in September 1973 and processed by Rosemary Cundiff in July 2000.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Index by name of serviceman included.

Indexing Terms

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

Container List

1 Book M 1
1 Book M 2
1 Book M 3, pages 1-132A
2 Book M 3, pages 133A-end

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.