Military Collections (Navy, Army, Marines, WWI, WWII)

GG Archives Military Collage

Helping Military Personnel, Veterans, their Families, and Descendants Discover More About Their Service.

Our military collections are known for Bootcamp yearbooks, primarily for the US Navy, but include the US Army and the US Marine Corps. While our collections have focused on the United States Navy, we also have significant materials on World Wars I and II. Most of our materials are in the form of books, yearbooks, magazines, brochures, historical documents, and period articles.

United States Navy

U.S. Navy Archives

Our United States Navy Collection Features Many Us Naval Training Center Graduation Books From Great Lakes, San Diego, and Orlando, - Air Craft Carrier Cruise Books, Historical Books, Pamphlets, Booklets, Magazines, Documents, Ephemera, Photographs, the Waves, and Historical Articles, and More!

US Navy Popular Links: Boot Camp Books -- Great Lakes, San Diego, Orlando, Bainbridge, Replacement Books; Cruise Books; Navy Books; Navy Magazines; WAVES; Navy Brochures; Historical Articles.

United States Army

U.S. Army Archives

Our US Army Materials Include Documents, Books, and Other Materials, Including Books, Brochures, Selective Service System, BCT Yearbooks, Training Centers, and More.

US Army Popular Links: BCT Yearbooks, Army Training Centers, Army Books

United States Marine Corps

U. S. Marine Corps Holdings

Our holdings on the United States Marine Corps primarily focus on MCRD Boot Camp Books (Yearbooks/Graduation Books). Our collection contains books about the Marines, histories of the MCRDs, Certificates, and historical articles.

US Marine Corps Popular Links: MCRD Boot Camp Books, Recruit Depots

World War 1: The Great War

World War 1: The Great War

The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives Has a Substantial Amount of Materials on WW1 Covering the Homefront and Abroad. A Unique Coverage of the Great War.

WW1 Popular Links: Hello Girls (Telephone Operators Serving in France), Training Camps, The Draft, Image Library, King George V, WW1 Books, WW1 Documents, Unit Histories

World War 2

World War II Archives

The GG Archives has a substantial amount of material on World War 2. Currently, we have a limited amount of material online, primarily our WW2 library.

Military Holidays and Observances

Chicago Observing Memorial Day with a Parade circa 1921.

Military holidays and Observances historically have included Armed Forces Day, Army Day, Declaration of Peace, Flag Day, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day.

US Military Enlisted Rank Insignia

US Military Enlisted Rank Insignia

Military rank is more than just who salutes whom. Military rank is a badge of leadership. Responsibility for personnel, equipment, and mission grows with each advancement.

Warrant Officer Insignia - US Military

US Military Warrant Officers Insignia.

Warrant officers hold warrants from their service secretary and are specialists and experts in certain military technologies or capabilities.

Commissioned Officer Insignia, US Military

Commissioned Officer Insignia, US Military

The commissioned ranks are the highest in the military. These officers hold presidential commissions and are confirmed at their ranks by the Senate.


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