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Irish Citizens fighting for the US in WWI and WW2?

  • 22-03-2013 8:38pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 4


    Hello, I am helping a friend of mine from Dublin. He said his grandfather and his great grandfathers fought in the World Wars under the US Military (not Britain) while remaining full Irish citizens. He would like to have papers confirming this but I am not sure where to look. Can anyone help? Thanks so much!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,232 ✭✭✭neilled


    Hello, I am helping a friend of mine from Dublin. He said his grandfather and his great grandfathers fought in the World Wars under the US Military (not Britain) while remaining full Irish citizens. He would like to have papers confirming this but I am not sure where to look. Can anyone help? Thanks so much!

    During WWI there was no such thing as an Irish citizen, due to Ireland being part of the British Empire. You might check out the US Veterans Records - just do a search for it and the website and the requisite forms will come up. If his grandfather or great great grandfather have any memorabilia lying around such as old flashes or uniforms it may help identify his service - soldiers put their service number on all manner of kit and if you have the service number you've got a good start.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4 irishinmyheart


    Hi! He didn't know his grandfather and has no memorabilia, and i checked the US military records on Ancestry.com with no luck. =( But, I wasn't aware that Ireland was under the rule of the British Empire at that time so that may be a different route to look. Thank you so much for the help!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,195 ✭✭✭goldie fish


    We were British (statistically) until 1922.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 2,913 ✭✭✭galwaycyclist


    We were British (statistically) until 1922.

    Actually I think it was later than that. I think technically any Irish person born before 1948 was a british subject.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4 irishinmyheart


    I found a number for the US Veteran's Administration, I will call them tomorrow. Thanks!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,021 ✭✭✭johnny_doyle


    fold3.com is a good resource for US service records, pensions, draft registration records etc.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4 irishinmyheart


    Great, thanks!!


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