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There are 2 Files for this series in AAD :
Defense Casualty Analysis System (DCAS) Public Use File, 1950-2005, 6/28/1950 - 5/28/2006 (info) Search
Defense Casualty Analysis System (DCAS) Public Use File, 2006, 1/1/2006 - 12/31/2006 (info) Search
Title: Defense Casualty Analysis System (DCAS) Files, created, ca. 2001 - 3/16/2009, documenting the period 6/28/1950 - 12/31/2006
Creator: Department of Defense. Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. Defense Human Resources Activity. Defense Manpower Data Center. (Most Recent)
Department of Defense. Washington Headquarters Services. Directorate for Information Operations and Reports. Statistical Information Analysis Division. (Predecessor)
Type of Archival Materials: Data Files
Textual Records
Level of Description: Series from Record Group 330: Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense
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: 301-837-3681; EMAIL: cer@nara.gov
Inclusive Dates: ca. 2001 - 3/16/2009
Coverage Dates: 6/28/1950 - 12/31/2006
Date Note: Although the agency created these records starting in about 2001, they concern records of all military personnel casualties that occurred between 1950 and 2006. Dates of death in the file unit "Defense Casualty Analysis System (DCAS) Data File, 1950-2005" (ARC Identifier 2990454) range from June 28, 1950 to May 28, 2006. Dates of death in the file unit "Defense Casualty Analysis System (DCAS) Data File, 2006" (ARC Identifier 3021193) range from January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2006.
Part of: Record Group 330: Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense
Function and Use: The agency created and maintained this series for the Department of Defense (DoD) as an automated repository of all official casualty information from both conflict and peacetime incidents. The records derive from information submitted by each of the military services on Department of Defense Form 1300, Individual Report of Casualty. The records are used to produce various standard and as-requested reports in support of DoD organizations, outside government agencies, Congress, the President, the media, and the general public.
Scope & Content Note: This series contains records of U.S. military officers and soldiers who died as a result of either a hostile or non-hostile occurrence in the Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, or War on Terrorism. These include the records of persons who were missing in action or prisoners of war in either the Korean War or the Vietnam War. Beginning in 1975, casualties considered as occurring during Peacetime were also included. The records also include deaths resulting from accident or illness. Since the casualties occurred worldwide, specific geographic references are not listed in this description. The records derive from information submitted by each of the military services on Department of Defense Form 1300, Individual Report of Casualty. The exact fields contained in each file vary slightly, but each record may include: the service member's name, service number, member service code, service name, rank or rate, pay grade, occupation, date of birth, gender, home of record (city, county, state or province, country), marital status, religion, race, ethnicity, casualty circumstances, casualty city, state or province and country, unit, duty, process date, death date, war or conflict, operation incident, location, closure date, aircraft type, hostile or non-hostile death indicator, casualty type and category, incident casualty reason, casualty category short name (CSN), body (recovered or not), Vietnam wall row and panel indicator, incident casualty category short name (ICSN), incident hostile or incident non-hostile death, and incident aircraft type.
Access Restrictions: Restricted - Partly. FOIA (b)(6) Personal Information. This series is partly restricted but public use files have been created and are available.
General Note: This series is the successor to the series: "Defense Casualty Analysis System (DCAS) Extract Files" (ARC Identifier 2163536); "Records of Military Personnel Who Died as a Result of Hostilities During the Korean War, ca. 1977 - 11/1979" (ARC Identifier 571686); and "Records on Military Personnel Who Died, Were Missing in Action or Prisoners of War as a Result of the Vietnam War, 01/20/1967 - 12/1998" (ARC Identifier 306742).
Finding Aid Type: Technical Information
Finding Aid Source: NARA and the Office of the Secretary of Defense
Extent: 4 data files, 1 electronic documentation file, and 3 linear inches of paper documentation
Index Terms
  Subjects Represented in the Archival Material
    Battle casualties
Korean War, 1950-1953
Missing in action
Names, Personal
Persian Gulf War, 1991
Prisoners of war
Soldiers
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
War casualties
War on Terrorism, 2001-2009

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