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The Vietnam-Era Prisoner-of-War/Missing-in-Action Database

This database contains 156,658 records.
Last Update: September 2009

This database has been established to assist researchers interested in investigating the U.S. Government documents pertaining to U.S. military personnel listed as unaccounted for as of December 1991. The title of this collection is "Correlated and Uncorrelated Information Relating to Missing Americans in Southeast Asia." The documents are declassified by the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) and released to the Federal Research Division, Library of Congress, for public access.

Researchers using this database can identify documents of interest by using search terms such as last names, country names, service branches, keywords, and statements such as "downed over Laos." Once identified, copies of desired documents may be obtained in three ways: 

1. Researchers wishing to use this microfilm collection may come to the Library of Congress Microform and Machine Readables Collection Reading Room, located in the Thomas Jefferson Building, First Floor, Room LJ-139B.

2. Microfilmed copies of the material can be sent to the researcher's local library on inter-library loan for viewing. This service is free, but materials must be returned to the Library of Congress. 

3. Photocopies or microfilmed copies of desired documents can be ordered from the Library of Congress' Photoduplication Service. These copies must be paid for, but are retained by the researcher. 

When ordering photocopies or microfilm, researchers/libraries must provide reel number, and casualty REFNO, Source Number, or Subject of the document folder (the SUBJECT will be in upper case in the Subject/Title field). For ordering information, contact the Library of Congress, Photoduplication Service, Washington, D.C. 20540.

The Federal Research Division also maintains the documents from US-Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs, which attempted to locate Americans thought to have been held in the former Soviet Union.

 

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