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Reference Information Paper 90

A Finding Aid to Records Relating to American Prisoners of War and Missing in Action from the Vietnam War Era, 1960-1994

Operation Homecoming
Hanoi, North Vietnam. American servicemen, former prisoners of war, are cheering as their aircraft takes off from an airfield near Hanoi as part of Operation Homecoming, February 1973. (NAIL Control No. NWDNS-127-N-A900056, Still Picture Unit, National Archives and Records Administration.)

Contents
  • Preface

  • Part I: Introduction
    • Sources of Additional Information About Records Described in this Paper

  • Part II: Textual Records Relating to POWs and MIAs from the Vietnam War
    A. Records of Military Organizations
    • RG 472 Records of the U.S. Forces in Southeast Asia, 1950-1975
      • Records of the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV)
        • Records of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, MACV (J-2)
        • Records of the Combined Documentation Exploitation Center
        • Records of the Combined Military Interrogation Center (CMIC)
        • Records of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, MACV (J-3)
        • Records of the MACV Adjutant General
        • Records of the MACV CORDS Information Center
        • Records of MACV Advisory Teams
        • Records of the MACV Studies and Observations Groups
        • Records of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
        • Records of "A" and "B" Detachments
        • Records of Assistant Chiefs of Staff, S-2 (Intelligence) and S-3 (Plans and Operations), 5th Special Forces
        • Records of Special Forces Companies
        • Records of the 5th Special Forces Group Adjutant General
      • Records of the U.S. Army Vietnam (USARV)
        • Records of the Command Historian
        • Records of the Military History Detachments
        • Records of the Counterintelligence Branch of the USARV Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Security (G-2, G-3, and G-5)
        • Records of the USARV Adjutant General's Section
        • Records of the Casualty Branch, Personnel Actions Division
        • Records of the Awards Branch, Military Personnel Division
        • Records of the Aviation Section
      • Records of the U.S. Delegation to the Four Party Joint Military Commission, January 27, 1973 - March 31, 1973
      • Microfiche Publications of the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC), 1954-75
    • RG 319 Records of the Army Staff
      • Records of the "Vietnam War Crimes Working Group"
    • RG 330 Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense
      • Records of the U.S.-Russian Joint Commission on POW/MIAs (Task Force Russia), July 17, 1992-October 29, 1993
    • RG 338 Records of U.S. Army Commands, 1941-
      • Records of the U.S. Army 22d Prisoner of War/Civilian Internee Information Center (PWCIIC)
      • Records of the U.S. Army Office of POW/MIA Affairs
    • RG 342 Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations
      • Records of the Military Airlift Command, 3rd Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group
    • RG 361 Records of the Defense Logistics Agency
      • Records of the Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center (SURVIAC)
    B. Records of Civilian Organizations
    • RG 59 General Records of the Department of State
      • Records of the Bureau of Far Eastern Affairs
      • Collection of Declassified Copies of State Department Records
    C. Records of Congressional Investigations of POW/MIA Affairs
    • RG 46 Records of the United States Senate
      • Records of the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, 102d Congress, 1991-93
    • RG 233 Records of the United States House of Representatives
      • Records of the Select Committee on Missing Persons in Southeast Asia, 94th Congress, 1975-76
  • Part III: Electronic Records
      RG 46 Records of the United States Senate
      • Records of the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs
      RG 218 Records of the U.S Joint Chiefs of Staff
      RG 330 Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense
      RG 338 Records of U.S. Army Commands, 1941-
      RG 341 Records of Headquarters U.S. Air Force (Air Staff)
      RG 349 Records of Joint Commands
      RG 407 Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-
  • Part IV: Still Pictures
      RG 111 Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer
      RG 112 Records of the Office of the Surgeon General (Army)
      RG 127 Records of the U.S. Marine Corps.
      RG 306 Records of the U.S. Information Agency
      RG 342 Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations
      RG 428 General Records of the Department of the Navy, 1947-
  • Part V: Motion Pictures and Sound and Video Recordings
      RG 46 Records of the United States Senate
      RG 111 Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer
      RG 127 Records of the U.S. Marine Corps
      RG 263 Records of the Central Intelligence Agency
      RG 306 Records of the U.S. Information Agency
      RG 330 Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense
      RG 342 Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations
      RG 428 General Records of the Department of the Navy, 1947-
      Donated Materials in the National Archives
  • Part VI: Cartographic Records
      RG 37 Records of the Hydrographic Office
      RG 77 Records of the Office of the Chief of Engineers
      RG 373 Records of the Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Part VII: Military Personnel Records and Veterans Administration Claims Files
      Military Personnel Records (inactive)
      Military Personnel Records (active)
      Veterans Administration Claims Files (inactive)
      Veterans Administration Claims Files (active)
  • Part VIII: Documents Collected and Declassified under the McCain Bill and Executive Order 12812
      The McCain Bill
      The Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs
      Executive Order 12812
      Presidential Decision Directive NSC-8
      The Department of Defense POW/MIA Office
      Library of Congress Microfilm Publication "Correlated and Uncorrelated Information Relating to Missing Americans in Southeast Asia"
      Library of Congress Microfilm Publication: "Vietnam-Era Documentation Collection in Microform"
  • Appendices

    • Appendix A: Organization of Record Group 472, Records of the United States Forces in Southeast Asia, 1950-1975

    • Appendix B: List of Records Series for a Typical Combat Division: 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile)

    • Appendix C: Records of the MACV Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence (J-2)

    • Appendix D: Records of Army Military Intelligence Units in Vietnam

    • Appendix E: Records of the MACV Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations (J-3)

    • Appendix F: 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Organizations for Which Records are Available

    • Appendix G: Records of the USARV Adjutant General's Section and its Subordinates

    • Appendix H: Records of the United States Delegation to the Four Party Joint Military Commission

    • Appendix I: List of Folder Titles of Historian's Background Files, United States Delegation, Four Party Joint Military Commission

    • Appendix J: Inventory of the Records of the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, 102d Congress (1991-92)

    • Appendix K: Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs - Unclassified and Declassified Depositions

    • Appendix L: Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs - Audio Recordings

    • Appendix M: Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs - Videotapes

    • Appendix N: Box List of Records of the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Missing Persons in Southeast Asia, 94th Congress (1975-76)

    • Appendix O: Publications of the Congressional Committees Investigating Prisoners of War and Missing in Action in Southeast Asia, 1969-92

    • Appendix P: Selected Sources of Vietnam era POW/MIA Records outside the National Archives

    • Appendix Q: Acronyms Used in this Publication
  • Index to Publication
    Note: Compiled by Charles E. Schamel. Published by the National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC, 1996.

    Web version prepared 1999. Additions and changes incorporated in the Web version are between brackets [] and in italics.

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