When enlisting into the US Army during WWII, each member of the armed forces was issued with a unique number which
idenified them; this was known as an Army Serial Number, and remained with the soldier for the
duration of their service. Using our online tool, you can generate an authentic Army Serial Number to use
as part of your impression.
About Army Serial Numbers:
Army Serial Numbers (ASN) were assigned to members of the US military upon induction. The standard format
for all Enlisted personnel was an 8-digit string containing numbers only. The format varied depending upon
the assignment; for example, male Commissioned personnel received the O- prefix (followed by a series of
digits). For Enlisted personnel, the first digit indicates the enlistment type (either Regular Army, National Guard or
Draftee), while the second digit represents the Corps Area / Service Command where the soldier was inducted. The
remaining 6 digits were used to uniquely identify the soldier.
First select your enlistment type, next (if applicable) choose your desired induction state, and
then click on the 'Generate ASN' button. You may also optionally enter your surname and the tool
will generate your laundry
The generator will also check to see if a record exists of the soldier to whom the Army Serial Number was
originally assigned (only available for Enlisted Men status), via the
WWII-Enlistment.com API. If no data is available, a note will be displayed; otherwise information
about the soldier will be displayed.
Laundry numbers were special identification codes that were introduced by the US Army in order to allow
service personnel to quickly identify their individual equipment. The laundry number consisted of the
soldier's last initial, followed by the final 4 digits of their Army Serial Number. These
numbers were then applied to personal equipment so that they could be easily identified when stored
with others' items. While laundry numbers are not unique to the soldier, they were sufficiently
specific within a soldier's unit.
You can learn more about where these markings were applied to the various items of equipment in our Article
dealing with the subject: Marking Your Clothing & Equipment.
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