The St. Johns County Clerk of Courts and Comptroller is honoring the enlisted men and women who served in the armed forces of the United States during World War II. This virtual exhibit incorporates of a few of the thousands of discharge certificates recorded at the Clerk’s office.
Today the form DD214 is the familiar discharge document. Beginning in the early 1950s discharged veterans received the form DD (Dept. of Defense) 214. Before then, the discharge certificates varied.
The front of a discharge document resembles a certificate. It is the second page that carries the brief story of the veteran—personal information, venues of service, battles or campaigns, identifying marks and scars and more. In the fall of 1919, one year after the end of World War I, the St. Johns County Clerk of Court began recording discharge certificates.
The copies of the discharge documents in this exhibit were made using the technology available at the time of recording.
Thanks to Dr. Parker for her dedication to sharing the history of our county and for telling the stories of St. Johns Countians who have served and sacrificed for our country.