The Vietnam-Era Prisoner-of-War/Missing-in-Action
This database contains 163,315 records, 160,329 of which are linked to pdfs of the original documents.
Last Update: March 2018
This database is designed to assist researchers in accessing U.S. Government documents pertaining to U.S. unaccounted-for military personnel from the Vietnam conflict as of December 1991. The title of this collection is “Correlated and Uncorrelated Information Relating to Missing Americans in Southeast Asia.” The U.S. Department of Defense, POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) declassifies these documents and releases them to the Federal Research Division to make them available to the public.
In November 1992, FRD analysts began creating index records to facilitate searching of the original POW/MIA documents provided by DPAA (then DPMO). The documents were microfilmed and placed in the Library of Congress collections. At that time, researchers searched the database at a dedicated workstation in the Library of Congress and then viewed the microfilmed documents. In October 1994, the Library migrated the documents index database to the Library’s Web site, making it accessible worldwide.
DPMO digitized the microfilmed documents and supplied the scanned images to FRD analysts, who began linking these digital image files to the online index records. The result of this effort is that researchers may now view most original documents, as well as the index record, online. FRD no longer microfilms the documents, but posts the electronic copies online with their index record. The linking process is not complete; not all index records are linked to their source documents. Researchers may view the linked original documents by clicking on the “PDF image file” button below the index record. Until the Federal Research Division is able to upload digital copies of all these documents, the remaining unlinked documents only will be available from the microfilm.
For those original documents not yet available online, researchers may obtain microfilmed documents at the Library of Congress Microform Reader Services, located in the Thomas Jefferson Building, First Floor, Room LJ-139B (https://www.loc.gov/rr/microform/). Ask for the U.S. Department of Defense Vietnam-Era POW/MIA Documentation, LC call no. Microfilm(o) 92/300, LCCN: 92-955958.
For further information on specific POW/MIAs, you may contact the appropriate Service Casualty Office:
|U.S. Marine Corps
|| (800) 847-1597
|U.S. Air Force
|U.S. Department of State (for all civilians)
Current statistics on accounted-for and unaccounted-for for the Vietnam War: http://www.dpaa.mil/Our-Missing/Vietnam-War/Vietnam-War-POW-MIA-List/