The Vietnam-Era Prisoner-of-War/Missing-in-Action Database
Updated Casualty List
Explanation of Headings and Symbols in Personnel Missing South
East Asia (PMSEA)
Last name, first name, middle name or initial.
Describes the current status of an individual, in two characters:
||"KIA" Body not recovered
||Detainee (Civilian Detainee-Released)
||Died in Captivity
||Died in Captivity, Negotiated Remains Returned
||Missing in Action
||Negotiated Remains Returned
||Presumptive Finding of Death
||Status Not Recorded
The date the individual was lost is given in year-month-day
order and each is represented by two digits.
A one-letter abbreviation for the individual's parent service:
Describes current rank of an individual at time of loss. See General
information on Enlisted and Officer Ranks
Indicates the individual's race.
The last known latitude/longitude of the individual s place of loss.
The first two letters indicate the country in which an individual
was first placed in a missing/captured status: The fourth and fifth
letters indicate the country in which an individual was moved to
or it indicates that an individual was lost over water "OW."
||Captured in South Vietnam, Moved to Cambodia
||Captured in South Vietnam, Moved to North Vietnam
||Captured in Laos, Moved to North Vietnam
||Lost over the water body adjacent to the country indicated
in the first two letters
The military identifier for the aircraft or vehicle involved in the
loss, the type of vehicle or vessel involved in the loss, or on the "ground" when
an individual was lost on patrol, engaging the enemy on foot, etc.
The JTF-FA reference identification number. This number references
a particular incident and is referred to as the " reference
number" or "REFNO."
The date that the remains of individuals were returned to U.S.
EXPLANATION OF NAMES LISTED AND COORDINATES PROVIDED
Those personnel whose Primary Next of Kin (PNOK) denied consent
for the public release of Treatment, Location, and Condition data
are still included in the PMSEA database. Under the protections
of the McCain Bill, the last known latitude and longitude data
of the individual's place of loss are not included. See History
of POW/MIA Database for further information concerning the