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There are 1 File for this series in AAD :
The Coffelt Database, December 2005 Update (info) Search
Title: Records with Unit Information on Military Personnel Who Died During the Vietnam War, created, ca. 1983 - 12/18/2005, documenting the period 6/8/1956 - 10/10/2003
Creator: Argabright, David L., 1942- (Most Recent)
Arnold, Richard J., 1947- (Most Recent)
Coffelt, Richard D., 1932- (Most Recent)
Type of Archival Materials: Data Files
Textual Records
Level of Description: Series from Collection COFF: Richard Coffelt, Richard Arnold, and David Argabright Collection
Location: National Archives at College Park - Electronic Records, National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, 20740-6001. PHONE: 301-837-0470; FAX: 301-837-3574; EMAIL: cer@nara.gov
Inclusive Dates: ca. 1983 - 12/18/2005
Coverage Dates: 6/8/1956 - 10/10/2003
Date Note: Coffelt, Argabright, and Arnold created and maintained this series from 1983 to December 18, 2005. However, the series includes death dates from June 8, 1956 to October 10, 2003.
Part of: Collection COFF: Richard Coffelt, Richard Arnold, and David Argabright Collection
Function and Use: In the early 1980s, in response to a demand from veterans, Richard D. Coffelt began a project to create data files to identify units down to the company/battery/troop level for U.S. Army deaths in the Vietnam War. During the 1990s, Richard J. Arnold and David L. Argabright joined Mr. Coffelt in the research effort. In 2001, the data files project expanded to include unit information for those members of the Marine Corps, Air Force, and Navy who died in the Vietnam War. In 2002, the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association and The Virtual Wall contributed significant additional amounts of information to the data files for members of all the Armed Forces. These data files contain the records for this series.
Scope & Content Note: This series contains information on U.S. military officers and soldiers who died as a result of either a hostile occurrence, including while missing in action or while prisoner of war, or nonhostile occurrence in the Southeast Asian combat area during the Vietnam War. In particular, it provides unit information the series creators had been able to locate about the following: more than 37,000 of the 38,200 casualties from the U.S. Army, more than 11,000 of the 14,836 from the U.S. Marine Corps, more than 1,700 of the 2,584 from the U.S. Air Force, more than 2,200 of the 2,564 from the U.S. Navy, and all 7 from the U.S. Coast Guard. Each record includes identifying information for the casualty, such as name, service number, date of birth, date of death, and city and state of home of record, and as much unit information as available from Military Command to task group or the equivalent.
Access Restrictions: Restricted - Partly. FOIA (b)(6) Personal Information. This series contains one partially restricted file. NARA created a public use version of this file. That version removes the records of individuals not considered to be casualties of the Vietnam War.
General Note: Information in the records primarily comes from the series "Records on Military Personnel Who Died, Were Missing in Action or Prisoners of War as a Result of the Vietnam War." (ARC Identifier 306742)
NARA makes available through the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) system only the most recent revision in this series.
Finding Aid Type: Technical Information
Finding Aid Source: NARA, Richard Coffelt, Richard Arnold, and David Argabright
Extent: 2 data files and 1 linear inch of paper documentation
Index Terms
  Subjects Represented in the Archival Material
    Battle casualties
Missing in action
Names, Personal
Prisoners of war
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
War casualties

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