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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.

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.

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".)

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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