Guide to Federal Records

Records of General Headquarters, Southwest Pacific Area and United States Army Forces, Pacific (World War II)


(Record Group 496)
1942-46

Overview of Records Locations

Table of Contents

  • 496.1 Administrative History
  • 496.2 Records of U.S. Army Forces in the Far East (USAFFE) 1942-45
  • 496.3 Records of General Headquarters Southwest Pacific Area (GHQ SWPA) 1942-46
  • 496.4 Records of U.S. Army Forces, Pacific (AFPAC) 1943-46

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496.1 Administrative History

Successor Agency: RG 554, Records of the Far East Command, the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, and the United Nations Command, contains records of GHQ AFPAC's successor, GHQ FEC; and records of HQ USAFFE's successor, HQ AFFE.

Related Records:
Records of United States Army Commands, 1942 - , RG 338.
Records of U.S. Army Overseas Operations and Commands, 1898-1942, RG 395.
Records of U.S. Army Forces in the Middle Pacific (World War II), RG 494.
Records of Headquarters, United States Army Forces, Western Pacific (World War II), RG 495.

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496.2 Records of U.S. Army Forces in the Far East (USAFFE)
1942-45

Textual Records: General records maintained by the Adjutant General Section, 1942-45, including central correspondence, incoming and outgoing messages, and issuances. Records of general and special staff sections, 1942-45, including reports and bulletins of the Counter Intelligence Section, 1944-45; and records of the Theater Censor, 1942-45, the General Purchasing Agent, 1942-45, and the Fiscal Director, 1945.

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496.3 Records of General Headquarters Southwest Pacific Area (GHQ SWPA)
1942-46

Textual Records: Central correspondence maintained by the Adjutant General Section, 1942-46. Records of general and special staff sections, 1942-46. Drafts of General Douglas MacArthur's reports on the war in the Pacific, 1942-46.

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496.4 Records of U.S. Army Forces, Pacific (AFPAC)
1943-46

Textual Records: General records maintained by the Adjutant General Section, 1944-46, including central correspondence, issuances, and incoming and outgoing messages. Records of general and special staff organizations, 1944-46, including correspondence of the G-3 (Operations) and G-4 (Logistics) Sections, 1944-46; records of the Civil Affairs Section, 1945, and the Engineer Section, 1945-46; and records of the Theater Censor, 1943-45. Correspondence and reports of the Pacific Warfare Board, 1944-45.

Maps: Published maps of Japan, acquired from local sources, 1945-46 (5 items).

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Bibliographic note: Web version based on Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States. Compiled by Robert B. Matchette et al. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1995.
3 volumes, 2428 pages.

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This Web version is updated from time to time to include records processed since 1995.


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