MIA Facts Site

Missing in Southeast Asia
Recorded by
Service and Country of Loss

 

IMPORTANT UPDATE:    As of early 2015, the Defense POW-Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) is now the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA).  DPAA has changed the format used in reporting the current status of the effort to account for Americans missing in SEAsia. 

Current Status of Unaccounted-for Americans Lost in the Vietnam War per DPAA reporting

  Vietnam Laos Cambodia China Total
Original Missing 1,972 574 90 10 2,646
Repatriated and Identified 712 276 41 3 1,032
Remaining Missing 1,260 298 49 7 1,614

Information current as of:  April 04, 2017

The following chart shows the Americans who remain missing in Southeast Asia divided by military servicecountry of loss, and status of investigation into loss incident.  This data is taken from the Defense POW-Missing Personnel website.  

On the DPMO website, click on the VIETNAM WAR tab.  Then, look on the right side of the page for a salmon-colored box and click on the STATISTICS link.  On the STATISTICS page you'll the last two years of statistical reports listed first followed by links to stats reports from previous years.  Here's a link to DPMO page that lists their statistical reports for the Vietnam War:
http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/vietnam/statistics/

As of early 2015, the Defense POW-Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) is now the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA).  DPAA has changed the format used in reporting the current status of the effort to account for Americans missing in SEAsia.  As a result, the chart below is NOT being updated by DPAA.  The information in the chart below was current as of early 2016 but will no longer be updated (August 2016).

 

Service Country of loss * Totals **
VN VS LA CB CH
Army 10 409 73 23 0 515
Navy 254 82 17 0 7 360
Marine Corps 22 163 17 4 0 206
Air Force 1179 125 189 17 0 510
Coast Guard 0 0 0 0 0 0
Civilians 1 19 6 5 0 31

Totals

466 798 302 49 7 1,622**
Pursuit status ***
VN VS LA CB CH
Further pursuit 212 495 270 41 4 1,028
Deferred 28 51 13 1 0 93
No further pursuit 226 252 13 7 3 501

Totals

466 798 302 49 7 1,622

*  Country of loss:  VN = North Vietnam      VS = South Vietnam     LA = Laos      CB = Cambodia     CH = China

** Includes 468 who were lost at sea or overwater

*** Pursuit status refers to the current status of continuing analysis, research, or other investigation of a missing man's loss. 

bulletFurther pursuit means that information collected and analyzed to date indicates that US investigators should continue to investigate this case, possibly even excavate a site.
bulletDeferred means that further investigation is necessary but that no action is being taken now; the investigation will become active later.
bulletNo further pursuit means that all possible leads have been followed on this loss and no further action will be taken unless new information becomes available.

American Remains Identified Since 1973

Remains returned or repatriated from: Number
Vietnam   711*
China   3 **
Laos   273
Cambodia   41
Total   1,028 ***

*  Includes 34 remains that were on the Died in Captivity lists provided by the Vietnamese in 1973.

**  Ashes of two men were returned by the Chinese.   Their aircraft were shot down over North Vietnam but crashed across the border in China.

***  Remains of four men were recovered by indigenous personnel and returned to US custody:  one from North Vietnam and three from Laos.   They are included in the country count.

Information current as of:  April 04, 2017

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