United States, Military Personnel who Died During the Vietnam War (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 of military personnel who died in the Southeast Asian combat area during the Vietnam War. Index is apart of the National Archives "Access to Archival Databases" series. This collection covers the years 1965 to 1998.

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. Military Personel who Died During the Vietnam War. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC

Record Content

Key genealogical facts usually found in this collection include:

  • Name
  • 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:

  • Name
  • Date of death
  • Home state of record
  • Social security or service number

Search the Collection

To search the collection image by image select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the "_____________" category
⇒Select the "_____________" category
⇒Select the "_____________" category which takes you to the images.

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

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, death date, and home city and state to locate a death certificate.
  • Use the name of your ancestor to locate church and land records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • If you cannot find your ancestor, try alternate spellings of the name.

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Contributions to This Article

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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.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/: accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata > San Ponciano > Matrimonios 1884-1886 > image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clementina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Matrimonios, San Ponciano, La Plata.