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Records on Military Personnel Who Died, Were Missing in Action or Prisoners of War as a Result of the Vietnam War, compiled 01/20/1967 - 12/1998, documenting the period 06/08/1956 - 01/21/1998

ARC Identifier 306742

Series from Record Group 330: Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, 1921 - 2008

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Creator(s):Department of Defense. Washington Headquarters Services. Directorate for Information Operations and Reports. Statistical Information Analysis Division. (ca. 1997 - ) (Most Recent)
Department of Defense. Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary (Management Services). Directorate for Information Operations and Control. (ca. 1973 - 10/01/1977) (Predecessor)
Type(s) of Archival Materials:Data Files
Textual Records

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Other Title(s):Combat Area Casualties Data Base (CACDB)
[Southeast Asia] Combat Area Casualties Data Base
[Southeast Asia] Combat Area Casualties File (CACF)
Inclusive Dates:01/20/1967 - 12/1998
Coverage Dates:06/08/1956 - 01/21/1998
Date Note:Although this series was created in 1967, the records in it date back to 1956.
Part Of:Record Group 330: Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, 1921 - 2008
Includes: 31 file units described in ARCSearch within this Series
Function and Use: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 War and used the database as the source for official information about U.S. military personnel casualties related to the Vietnam War and for disseminating statistical data concerning them.
Access Restriction(s):Restricted - Partly
FOIA (b)(6) Personal Information
Records for U.S. military personnel casualties are partly restricted when the casualty type code indicates that the person is not deceased. Such records exist in a majority of the files in the series. Public use versions of the files with restricted records have been created for release to researchers.
Use Restriction(s):Unrestricted
General Note(s):The agency continues to maintain the database and revises casualty records when new information about a casualty is transmitted from one of the military branches. Occasionally this includes adding records for casualties newly deceased or whose casualty had not previously been reported by the casualty's branch of service. Since the creation of the database, the procedures for revising records have changed. For some of the period, the agency added a new and revised record to the database for an individual for whom there was a previous record as a means of documenting the revision of information about the casualty. In these cases, they coded the new record as a last record (or final record) in the data field, Last Record Code, and coded the previous record as a previous or nonfinal record in this data field. Other times the information in the Date Record Processed data field was updated to indicate a revision to an already existing casualty record rather than adding a new record with the revised information. Therefore, in order to preserve full information about changes made to any of the records, NARA is preserving each of the files as a discrete snapshot of the data.
This series has three separate files: the Current File (final records of the deceased), the Returned Alive File (final records of repatriated personnel), and the History File (nonfinal records for either deceased or repatriated personnel). NARA releases nonfinal or history records when explicitly requested.
Agency materials and NARA finding aids may refer to the series by one of several alternative titles. One title, Combat Area Casualties Data Base, is often shortened to the acronym CACDB. NARA also refers to the series as [Southeast Asia] Combat Area Casualties Data Base or [Southeast Asia] Combat Area Casualties File (CACF) to clarify that the records are limited to U.S. military personnel who died or were missing or captured as a result of the conflict in the defined Southeast Asian combat area.
Finding Aid Type:Doc. Package
Online Resource:Access to Archival Databases (AAD) system
Online Resource URL:
Online Resource Note:The electronic records in some of the files in this series can be searched online via the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) system. NARA makes available through the AAD system only the final records from the most recent accession of the Returned Alive File and of the Current File.
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Lifecycle Tracking Information 
Disposition Authority Number(s):NC1-330-78-8
Accession Number(s):NN3-330-80-003



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