Draft Registration Cards, 1940


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Draft Registration Cards, 1940

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World War II Draft Registration Cards


World War, 1939-1945


The draft registration cards for Melvin Albert Hemmerle, who submitted on October 16, 1940, in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. The card contains the demographic information for the soldier including name, home address, telephone number, age in years, date of birth, place of birth, name of person who will always know your address, their relationship to applicant, their address, employer's name, race, height, weight, complexion, and other obvious physical characteristics. The Selective Training and Service Act of 1940 was the first peacetime conscription in United States history. Men between the ages of 21 and 36 were required to register with local draft boards and were selected by lottery.

In 2017, the University of Central Florida was one of three universities selected to launch the National Cemetery Administration’s Veterans Legacy Program. The program engaged a team of scholars to make the life stories of veterans buried in the Florida National Cemetery available to the public. The project engages UCF students in research and writing and fosters collaboration between students, faculty and local Central Florida schools to produce interactive curriculum for k-12 students. The corresponding website exhibit uses RICHES Mosaic Interface to create a digital archive of related data. The public can use the project-developed augmented-reality app at more than 100 gravesites at the Florida National Cemetery, where they can access the UCF student-authored biographies of veterans.


Hemmerle, Melvin
Hangey, Grace V.
War Department, Office of Provost Marshal General, Selective Service System


Digital reproduction of original draft registration cards, October 16, 1940.


War Department, Office of Provost Marshal General, Selective Service System

Date Created

ca. 1940-10-16




281 KB


2 page draft registration card






Lansdale, Pennsylvania

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History Teacher


Originally created by Melvin Hemmerle and published by the War Department, Office of Provost Marshal General, Selective Service System.

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Ortiz, Samuel

External Reference

Abney, Barb. "VA Selects UCF Historians to Archive Stories of Deceased Veterans Veterans." UCF Today, March 13, 2017. Accessed August 9, 2017. https://today.ucf.edu/va-selects-ucf-historians-archive-stories-deceased-veterans/.
Black, Jeremy. World War Two: A Military History. London [u.a]: Routledge, 2003.


Hemmerle, Melvin, Hangey, Grace V., and War Department, Office of Provost Marshal General, Selective Service System, “Draft Registration Cards, 1940,” RICHES, accessed May 25, 2024, https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka/items/show/9928.