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National Archives and Records Administration. U.S., Vietnam War Military Casualties, 1956-1998 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.
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  • Coffelt Database [Archival Database]; Records with Unit Information on Military Personnel Who Died During the Vietnam Conflict, ca. 1983-6/19/2002; Collection COFF: Richard Coffelt, Richard Arnold, and David Argabright Collection; National Archives at College Park, College Park, MD.
  • Combat Area Casualties Current File, 6/6/1956-1/21/1998 [Archival Database]; Records on Military Personnel Who Died, Were Missing in Action or Prisoners of War as a Result of the Vietnam Conflict, 1/20/1967-12/1998; Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Record Group 330; National Archives at College Park, College Park, MD.
  • About U.S., Vietnam War Military Casualties, 1956-1998

    This database contains information on U.S. servicemen who died in Southeast Asia as a result of the Vietnam War. This includes individuals who died from both hostile and non-hostile incidents, as well as individuals who died while Missing in Action (MIA) or while as a Prisoner of War (POW). U.S. troops were stationed in Vietnam and neighboring countries from 1954-1973. Some individuals in this database may have dates of death after the ending of the War. These dates are not actually death dates, but the dates in which MIA or POW soldiers were officially declared deceased.

    This collection is an amalgamation of two databases -- one originally created by the Department of Defense and the other by Richard D. Coffelt.

    About the Coffelt Database:

    In the early 1980s, in response to a demand from veterans, Richard D. Coffelt began a project to create data files to identify units down to the company/battery/troop level for U.S. Army deaths in the Vietnam War. During the 1990s, Richard J. Arnold and David L. Argabright joined Mr. Coffelt in the research effort. In 2001, the data files project expanded to include unit information for those members of the Marine Corps, Air Force, and Navy who died in the Vietnam War. In 2002, the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association and The Virtual Wall contributed significant additional amounts of information to the data files for members of all the Armed Forces. These data files contain the records for this series.

    In particular, this database provides unit information the series creators had been able to locate about the following: more than 37,000 of the 38,200 casualties from the U.S. Army, more than 11,000 of the 14,836 from the U.S. Marine Corps, more than 1,700 of the 2,584 from the U.S. Air Force, more than 2,200 of the 2,564 from the U.S. Navy, and all 7 from the U.S. Coast Guard.

    About the Combat Area Casualties Current File:

    The agency created this series as the official repository for records on U.S. military casualties in the Southeast Asian combat areas during the Vietnam Conflict and used the database as the source for official information about U.S. military personnel casualties related to the Vietnam Conflict and for disseminating statistical data concerning them.

    The records derive from information submitted by each of the military services on Department of Defense Form 1300, Individual Report of Casualty. The database has both final and nonfinal records; a data field in each record distinguishes between them. Final records, also referred to as the "last" records, represent the most current official information about a deceased casualty or about repatriated personnel; nonfinal records, also referred to as "previous" records, are those that precede the final records. Each record includes: the casualty's name, service number, file reference number, date of birth, date of death or repatriation, date Southeast Asian tour began, record processing date, city and state of home of record, the casualty's military service branch, country of casualty, type of casualty, military grade and pay grade, military occupation, service component, race, religion, length of service, marital status, sex, citizenship, the reason or cause of casualty, whether the casualty involved an aircraft, the status of the casualty's body (whether recovered or not), whether the casualty was posthumously promoted, and the South Vietnam province where the casualty occurred, when applicable.

    What Info is Included in this Database?

    The following information is included in these records:

    • Name
    • Sex
    • Race
    • Age
    • Religion
    • Marital Status
    • Citizenship (U.S. or non-U.S.)
    • Social Security or Service Number
    • City of Last Residence
    • State of Last Residence
    • Birth Date
    • Date Tour Began
    • Length of Service
    • Death or Casualty Date
    • Country of Casualty
    • Province of Casualty
    • Air or Non-air Casualty
    • Casualty Reason
    • Type of Casualty
    • Body Recovered or not
    • Branch of Service (Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, or Marines)
    • Component (National Guard, Regular, Reserve, Selective Service, Temporary, or Unknown, Not Reported)
    • Company (H, B, C, E, etc.)
    • Division or Brigade
    • Battalion or similar level unit
    • Air Wing
    • Air Group
    • Squadron
    • Task Force
    • Task Group
    • Ship
    • Unparsed Unit
    • Unit/Regiment Type (Cavalry, Heavy Artillery, Infantry, etc.)
    • Rank (Private, Corporal, Lieutenant, Sergeant, Captain, etc.)
    • Pay Grade
    • Decorations and Awards/Advancement
    • Posthumous Promotion or Decoration
    • Military/Service Occupation
    • Comments
    • File Reference Number (Number assigned by the military in consecutive
    • order for each country and major casualty series)
    • Last Record Indicator (Final Record or Non-Final Record)
    • Date Record Processed
    • Type
    • Corpcd (Military region or corps served in)
    • Procd
    • Flag
    • Comments
    • Source (Indicates which database the record came from)

    Note: Because this collection was compiled from two databases, all of the above information will not be found with every record. Unknown or non-applicable data will also result in the above listed fields to be blank or not listed for certain individuals. Likewise, individuals may be listed in this collection twice - once as part of the Coffelt Database and once as part of the Department of Defense database.

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