United States, Casualties of Army Personnel, Dependents and Civilian Employees (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.

Record Description

This collection contains records from 1961–1981 for United States Army personnel and their dependents who died or were injured, including those who were missing in action and prisoners of war. These records are for deaths or injuries that occurred throughout the world, but the majority of the records are for casualties from the Vietnam War. This collection includes records for active duty enlisted personnel, retired officers or those otherwise separated from the service, some National Guard and Army Reservists, and some civilian employees and dependents (if a notification of the casualty needed to be sent).

This collection was acquired from the National Archives “Access to Archival Databases” (AAD).

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

Department of Defense. Records of Deceased, Wounded, Ill, or Injured Army Personnel, Including Dependents and Civilian Employees, created, 1/1/1961 - 12/1981, documenting the period 1/1/1961 - 12/1981. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include:

  • Name
  • Age or birth date
  • Home state and city of record (if known)
  • Date of casualty
  • Category of casualty
  • Category of personnel

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know one or more of the following:

  • Name
  • Service or social security number
  • Home state of record

Search the Collection

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible ancestors. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine which individual is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination. Next, click on your ancestor's name. This will take you to a descriptive page with a link to the image.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example:

  • Use the name of your ancestor to locate church and land records.
  • The country and town of residence can lead you to census records.

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Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.