[APG Public List] Bias on WW2 Enlistment Records

Phil Adderley phil at 311research.com
Thu Apr 29 09:49:25 MDT 2010


Posted as promised is a summary listing of the answers received to the
following question: What reason(s) might an enlistee have to *falsify*
the following marital status found on his World War II enlistment
papers: Widower with no dependents?

Thank you to all those who responded.  Your possible reasons,
paraphrased:
- Spouse died by suicide and enlistee wished to cover up this
information.
- Spouse abandoned the enlistee, and the latter did not know whether
spouse was living or dead.
- Enlistee was gay and wished to hide sexual preference.
- Enlistee wanted to escape from his family.
- Enlistee wanted to receive all pay, with no allotments going to
dependants.
- Enlistee was eager to sign up and had to lie to avoid enlistment
criteria barring marriage and dependents.
- Enlistee was desperate for a job and had to lie to avoid enlistment
criteria barring marriage and dependents.

I have not yet researched the government documents published by the
various services concerning enlistment requirements in 1941, prior to
and after declaration of war, but newspapers in various cities published
enlistment requirements as they received them from recruiting stations.


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