Vietnam Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Documents

September 2014

On 13 July 1992, the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs levied a task on NSA/CSS to review SIGINT reporting for relevance to the Vietnam POW/MIA issue and possible correlation to individual POW/MIA cases. NSA/CSS provided the Committee with three Correlation Studies, produced in August 1992, September 1993, and September 1996. Most of the information mentioned in these studies is chronologically organized by Reference Number (RefNo), which is listed as case #, and includes the incident date. The Department of Defense assigned RefNos to each incident in which there was the potential loss of life or capture. There are some entries without a RefNo or case #, but do have the incident date. The earliest incident is dated 1951 and the last 1988.

Over the next several months, NSA/CSS will post over 1600 additional documents related to POW/MIAs in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. The documents are NSA field site reporting, NSA end product, summary reporting, memoranda, watch officers notes, and analyst communications. For ease of searching, those documents will be accessible under links posted for each RefNo for which they contain pertinent information.

The correlation studies and the documents related to the incidents have been previously released under the FOIA in the past, but they have never before been posted together, facilitating access to families and historians. In addition, the documents have been reviewed using the most current guidance, making this release the most complete of any prior releases.


 ALLIED F-4 AIRCRAFT REPORTED DOWNED BY AAA FIRE 1871.PDFAllied F-4 Aircraft Reported Downed by AAA Fire 1871
 ALLIED F-8 AIRCRAFT DOWNED BY AAA 1816.PDFAllied F-8 Aircraft Downed by AAA 1816
 ALLIED PILOT CAPTURED ON 13 AUGUST 1972 IN PROBABLE QUANG TRI PROVINCE 1908.PDFAllied Pilot Captured on 13 August 1972 in Probable Quang Tri Province 1908
 ALLIED PILOTS CAPTURED IN THE AREA OF VINH 1792.PDFAllied Pilots Captured in the Area of Vinh 1792
 ALLIED PLANE SHOT DOWN 1107.PDFAllied Plane Shot Down 1107
 AMERICAN AIRCRAFT CRASH IN VIENTIANE AND XIENG KHOUANG PROVINCES 1833.PDFAmerican Aircraft Crash in Vientiane and Xieng Khouang Provinces 1833
 AMERICAN AIRCRAFT DOWNED BY AAA SOUTHEAST OF HANOI - PILOT SURVIVED AND WAS CAPTURED, FOLLOW UP NR 1 0406.PDFAmerican Aircraft Downed by AAA Southeast of Hanoi - Pilot Survived and was Captured, Follow up Nr 1 0406
 AMERICAN AIRCRAFT REPORTED SHOT DOWN 0103.PDFAmerican Aircraft Reported Shot Down 0103
 AMERICAN CAPTAIN CAPTURED IN MY THO (DINH TUONG) PROVINCE 0099.PDFAmerican Captain Captured in My Tho (Dinh Tuong) Province 0099
 AMERICAN CASUALTIES IN SOUTH VIETNAM REPORTED BY VIET CONG LIBERATION NEWS AGENCY 0013.PDFAmerican Casualties in South Vietnam Reported by Viet Cong Liberation News Agency 0013
 AMERICAN CASUALTIES LISTED BY VIET CONG IN SIX-MONTH REPORT 0010.PDFAmerican Casualties Listed by Viet Cong in Six-Month Report 0010
 AMERICAN EFFORTS TO OBTAIN RED CROSS-AID FOR WAR PRISONERS IN VIETNAM 0052.PDFAmerican Efforts to Obtain Red Cross-Aid for War Prisoners in Vietnam 0052
 American Helicopter Down in Svay Rieng; Pilots Killed (03/10/1971)American Helicopter Down in Svay Rieng; Pilots Killed (03/10/1971)
 American Helicopter Shot Down in Kratie MSD on 10 March (03/10/1971)American Helicopter Shot Down in Kratie MSD on 10 March (03/10/1971)
 American Helicopter Shot Down on 10 March in Kratie (03/10/1971)American Helicopter Shot Down on 10 March in Kratie (03/10/1971)
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