DETAILS OF THE COFFELT DATABASE
as of 15 Dec 2017
The Coffelt Database contains a total of 58,993 records. Of these,
In addition, there are 23 "placemarker" records for mis-spelled names; these records contain no information other than the person's correct name.
- 58,277 records are persons who were killed or wounded (and subsequently died) in action -or- incurred a fatal injury or illness;
- 629 records are persons captured by the enemy and who were later released;
- 32 records are persons captured by the enemy and who then escaped capitivity;
- 26 [empty] records are persons whose name is engraved on the Wall but who actually survived the war;
- 1 record is an ex-POW who committed suicide shortly after returning from 7 years' captivity; and
- 1 record is the assumed identity for a person who enlisted (and was killed in action) under another person's name - he is on the Wall twice, under both false and actual names; and
- 1 record is for a person who is classed as a collaborator.
The CDB has documented unit of assignment information for all of the above personnel EXCEPT for 6 men who were captured by and subsequently escaped from the enemy.
The CDB contains the circumstances of loss (termed an "event") for 45,066 men and women. We have UTM grid coordinates for 36,296 of them and narrative locations for most of the rest. Some "events" contain the words "SPECIFIC LOCATION UNKNOWN", meaning we know what happened but not where it occurred. Ideally an "Event" label will state both what happened and exactly where it happened, but it is possible that one element or the other might be missing:
If neither element is known, the "Event" field generally will be empty - but sometimes a "placemarker" event will be used to link together men from different units who are known to have been killed in the same incident.
- "RECON TEAM RIO GRANDE 20 KM SW OF HA TAN AFLD 19680504"
- "STRUCK BY TAIL ROTOR, LOCATION UNKNOWN 19680826"
In 2009, the Coffelt Group began attaching photographed and scanned documents to individual records. To date, we have posted 113,195 documents which are linked to 118,358 individuals. Some documents are associated with a single person (for example, a gravemarker request) while others may apply to several individuals (an operations log extract, for instance). Overall, we have documentation of some sort for 57,375 individuals, many of them with more than one associated document. Among these documents are
We have posted all the documents photographed at the LBJ and Nixon Presidential Libraries and the DD1330 Applications for Gravemarker photographed at the National Archives. As-yet-unposted documentation consists of an estimated 2,200 Service Record extracts and IDPFs which need to be scanned. (Note: The information from these documents has been posted but the actual documents have not yet been converted to digital form and associated with their "owners".)
- 29,946 DA Form 2496s;
- 22,616 DD Form 1300s;
- 29,543 DD Form 1330s (Application for Grave Marker);
- 13,704 gravemarker photos not associated with DD1330s;
- 4,384 extracts from operational documentation:
Operations Logs: 2,704
Command Chronologies: 1,387
Ship's Logs: 293
Note: This does not include AAR or ORLL extracts.
- 1,705 death certificates;
- 1,378 General Orders or other personal awards documentation;
- 1,347 documents scanned from Service Record extracts;
- 1,183 message or letter Casualty Reports;
- 971 media documents;
- 759 message or letter Missing In Action reports; and
- A miscellaney of other documentation (10,822 in total).
The CDB contains burial location for 55,771 of our dead.
The numbers given above are accurate as of 15 Dec 2017, but they change daily as we post new information and documents. This page is only rarely updated - once a year, perhaps.
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Page written on 17 Jul 2018