Oftentimes, these records contain important information that we might not find anywhere else, such as height, weight, and hair and eye color. Of course they include name, birth date, addresses, death information, and military rank and affiliation. You might find out other family members names and address, and their relation to them.
- Search draft records for ancestors that might have been drafted but never called to service
- More than 24 million registered for the WWI draft in 1918 so if your ancestor was born between 1872-1900 it is a good possibly he is listed on that registration.
- Check census records for military information. Some years have this information and some don't.
- Military pension records is a great place to find information about other family members, such as the wife and children of the veteran.
- Newspapers and war memorials are a great place to find more information
For instance, Fold3 is a great place to start. Click here to visit the Interactive Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which includes information of over 58,000 Vietnam War veterans killed or missing. 2,056 of those are listed as "body not recovered". It also lists eight women on the Wall.
You can view the Wall for free - without signing up, but you must sign up in order do a search & view, or to leave a tribute, story, or photo. After sign up, you can search by a variety of categories. Please note, some of those listed on the Wall are misspelled and duplicated.
You can also visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund site and search the virtual wall for free. Enter in as much or as little information as you want and you are sure to receive information. You can also click on a profile link of the veteran and see more information. You might luck up and find a photo of your veteran...and it's all FREE!!!
Other information you are likely to find on the VVMF site includes the panel number and row the veteran is honored on, full name, wall name, date of birth, date of casualty, home of record, county of record, state, branch of service, rank, casualty country, and casualty province.
You can also submit as many photos as you would like or post a remembrance on their profile. Please click here to get started!
If you would like to give to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, please click here.