"The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit."
So wrote General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former sailors and soldiers, on May 5th, 1868. In tribute to the historical antecedents of this holiday many of us take for granted today, here are some of the best sites on the web to search for information on soldiers who lost their lives while serving with the U.S. armed services.
The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
A searchable database containing very basic facts about servicemen who served on both sides during the Civil War, with other historical resources.
Pearl Harbor Casualties List
World War II Casualties
A searchable database of WWII casualties from the American Battle Monuments Commission.
ABMC War Dead
The American Battle Monuments Commission also maintains a listing of those interred at the American military cemeteries overseas and those Missing in Action from World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
Korean Conflict Casualty File
Records of soldiers who died as a result of hostilities in Korea, 1950-57, including those who died while missing or captured, from the National Archives and Records Administration.
The Virtual Wall
The Virtual Wall is a digital, interactive legacy memorializing the 58,220 men and women who gave their lives in Vietnam. It offers veteran profiles, remembrances, reunion postings, name rubbings, custom reports, your own Virtual Wall page, and more.
Vietnam-Era Prisoner-Of-War/Missing-In-Action Database
This database was established to assist researchers interested in investigating the U.S. Government documents pertaining to U.S. military personnel listed as unaccounted for as of December 1991.
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