Vietnam War Military Personnel Casualties, June 8, 1956 to October 10, 2003

There are 58,230 records in the Military Personnel Who Died During the Vietnam War Index, which catalogued records from June 8, 1956, through October 10, 2003. These records were compiled from the National Archives. To learn more information about the Military Personnel Who Died During the Vietnam War Index, visit the National Archives .

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The records in the Military Personnel Who Died During the Vietnam War Index usually include the full name of the deceased, name of the war, date of birth, date of death, location of death, rank, military occupation and component.

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The data file containing information about military personnel who died during the Vietnam War was started by Richard D. Coffelt, a Korean War veteran, in 1983, and he was later joined by Richard J. Arnold and David L. Argabright. Together, they worked to input information that identified U.S. Army deaths, including the company, battery and troops for individual units. Later, this data file was updated with unit information for those who died from the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy during the Vietnam War.

The individual records in this collection were included if the officer or soldier died from wounds sustained during enemy combat, as well as those who died while a prisoner of war, were missing in action or died due to a non-hostile occurrence. The records include all available information regarding the casualty like full name, date of birth, service number, date of death, and hometown and state. Also included are details of the casualty's unit. These records are available to the public and can be viewed through an online database or in person at the National Archives. Also, copies can be obtained for individual records.

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