Friday, February 5, 2010

Using Service Records in Your Genealogy Research and the National Archives Release New Vietnam War Photos and Records Online
-Over 27,000 Photos And Records Are Added To The Largest Online Vietnam War Collection

Lindon, UT – February 4, 2010 – announced a major addition to its Vietnam War Collection: Army Photos and Unit Service Awards.  Now totaling over 100,000 photos and documents, this collection helps visitors gain a better perspective and appreciation for this often misunderstood event in U.S. History.

Army Unit Service Awards include documents relating to Presidential Unit Citations, Valorous Unit Awards and Meritorious Unit Commendations.  These were usually awarded to units going above and beyond the call of duty, and in most cases, showing exceptional valor.  These documents contain:
·        Dates of service
·        Duties performed
·        Letters of recommendation

The Army Photos feature various activities of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.  In nearly every case there is a caption or description of what was happening and the names of the soldiers featured in the photos.  Everything ranging from daily duties to Bob Hope’s Christmas program is captured, providing a glimpse into what life was like for the soldiers.  

In addition to these new records, the Footnote Vietnam War Collection also includes:
·        The Interactive Vietnam Veterans Memorialfeaturing service records for each name on the wall will continue to work with the National Archives to add more Vietnam War content online.

The Vietnam War Collection will be made free to the public during the month of February.  To view these documents, visit

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Free Site for Vietnam Interactive Wall

 Information about the
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
in Washington, DC, USA

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, USA, "The Wall" now has carved into it the names of the 58,260 American military personnel (eight were women) who were direct casualties of the war, including about 1300 who are still considered Missing In Action (MIA).

When The Wall was built, there were 57,159 names. A few names have been added each year: those where lost records of wartime death were found later or those names of men who died after the war from physical injuries as a result of the war. Each of the branches of the Department of Defense made and continues to make the determinations of eligibility.