U.S. Army Casualty Records, January 1961 to December 1981

There are 70,064 records in the U.S. Army Casualty Records Index that begin in January 1961 and continue through December 1981. These records were compiled from sources at the National Archives. To obtain additional information on the U.S. Army Casualty Records Index, visit the National Archives' website at National Archives .

Information Available In This Collection

The details included in most records in the U.S. Army Casualty Records Index is the individuals first, middle and last name, gender, race, date of birth, date of death, location of death, marital status, rank and component.

About the National Archives

The National Archives is the source for the U.S. Army Casualty Records Index. Individuals who wish to obtain copies of records or learn more about these records should contact the National Archives using the following contact information.

National Archives
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, Maryland 20740
866-272-6272

The National Archives is responsible for maintaining nationally important records that date back to 1776. In addition to various records pertaining to historic wars like the Revolutionary War, Civil War, War of 1812 and the Spanish American War, the National Archives also offers maps, charts and drawings from these eras as well. Military records also include a variety of resources for World War I and II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. National treasures like the Constitution and Declaration of Independence are preserved here as well. The National Archives welcomes individual visitors, as most of the records are unrestricted.

The National Archives also works hard to put a variety of their records into electronic databases that can be accessed online in order to search and view individual records. An example is the data file with U.S. Army casualty information that includes Army personnel, dependents and civilians who died or were injured, went missing in action or were prisoners of war around the world. Although around 85 percent are casualties from the Vietnam War between 1961 and 1975, the remainder is listed from other conflicts.

According to the National Archives' description, these records include as much information as available for each individual in these categories: country of casualty; category of casualty; master casualty number; service number or Social Security number (these are redacted in the public version); category of personnel; military grade and classification; current and previous casualty status; major attributing and complimentary causes of casualty; date of casualty and date of report; province of casualty; grid coordinates; Republic of Vietnam report control number; military specialty; component; officer branch and source of commission; date of birth and gender; marital status; residence on record; race and religion; posthumous promotion; and specific unit information not already provided. Individuals may view and print records online or request copies from the National Archives.

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