United States, Casualties of the Vietnam War (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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This index consists of two files, the Combat Area Casualities Current File, 6/8/1956-1/21/1998 and the Combat Area Casualities Returned Alive File, 5/1/1962-3/22/1979 to Vietnam War dead, missing and prisoners of war occurring in Cambodia, China, Laos, North Vietnam, South Vietnam, and Thailand. The files were acquired from the National Archives "Access to Archival Databases" (AAD). The records are from Record Group 330 Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense.Additional information about this collection may be found on the National Archives website. The event date is either date of death or declared dead from the current file or date released or returned alive from the returned alive file.
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 on Military Personnel Who Died, Were Missing in Action or Prisoners of War as a Result of the Vietnam War, created, 1/20/1967 - 12/1998, documenting the period 6/8/1956 - 1/21/1998. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC
Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include:
- Date of birth
- Date of death or repatriation (return or restoration to one’s own country)
- Home state and city of record (if known)
- Social Security or Service number
- Religious affiliation
- Marital status
How to Use the Record
To begin your search it is helpful to know one or more of the following:
- Date of death
- Home state of record
- Social security or service number
Search the Collection
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- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
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Using the Information
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- Use the name of your ancestor to locate church and land records.
- The home city and state of record can lead you to census records.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- If you cannot find your ancestor, try alternate spellings of the name.
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