United States Vietnam War 1964 to 1972

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About 58 thousand of the 7 million Americans who served in Vietnam died.

Getting started with Vietnam research


Vietnam War:

The National Archives prepared these state level casualty lists by creating extracts from the Korean War Extract Data File and the Vietnam Conflict Extract Data File, both as of April 29, 2008, of the Defense Casualty Analysis System (DCAS) Files, part of Record Group 330: Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The lists are based on the "home of record - state" data provided by the serviceman or woman upon last entrance into military service. "Home of record" does not necessarily refer to the place of birth, residence of next of kin, place of longest residence, nor other common uses of the term "hometown." Full casualty records may be retrieved online through the National Archives' Access to Archival Databases resource.

The Military Index

Most of these casualties are documented in the Military Index, a FamilySearch file. This index includes those who died or who were declared dead from 1950 to 1957 in Korea and from 1957 to 1975 in Southeast Asia. The index gives birth and death dates, country of death, cause of death (air, ground, or sea), town and state of residence at time of enlistment, race, religious affiliation, marital status (Vietnam only), service number, rank, and branch of service.

  • The Military Index is available at the Family History Library and at most family history centers. For more information on this index on www.FamilySearch.org , see the publication Military Index, Third Edition, January 1995. Series FS, Number 2. The following are additional records that contain information on deaths and casualties:
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Directory of Names. Washington, D.C.: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, 1984. (FHL book 973 M2vv.) Arranged chronologically by the date the death was reported. The directory gives name, rank, branch of service, birth date, death date, city and state of residence, whether missing in action, and the panel and line numbers where the name is inscribed on the memorial.

Other Resources

POW's and MIA's


Records of U.S. Military Casualties, Missing in Action, and Prisoners of War from the Era of the Vietnam War are available through the National Archives.

The National Archives has an online searchable database, entitled "Records on Military Personnel Who Died, Were Missing in Action or Prisoners of War as a Result of the Vietnam War," documenting the period 6/8/1956 - 1/21/1998.

  • Records relating to American prisoners of war and missing in action from the Vietnam War, including lists and descriptions of the record groups covering the Vietnam War that are held by the National Archives are also found in the FHL US/CAN Book 973 J53s.

The names of the 2,504 Americans missing in action from the Vietnam War are on the Tablets of the Missing at the ABMC Honolulu Memorial. For a photograph of an inscription of a close friend or relative, write:

American Battle Monuments Commission
Courthouse Plaza II, Suite 500
2300 Clarendon Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201
Telephone (703) 696-6897
E-mail operations@abmc.gov

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