U.S. Marine Corps Offers Historical Database

Family members of Marines who were wounded, killed, deemed a prisoner of war or missing during past wars can now access their loved ones’ casualty card using the Marine Corps History Division’s new online database. Each casualty card lists the military member’s unit, service number, type of casualty and date of death. Currently, there are digitized casualty cards for World War II, Interwar period 1946-50, and for war dogs, trained military dogs that served in combat. Korean War cards are scheduled to be complete and released this summer and Vietnam in the fall. To access the online database, visit the U.S. Marine Corps History Division Casualty Card Databases webpage, or to request a copy of the original card, send an email to history.division@usmc.mil or a request in writing to:

United States Marine Corps History Division
Attn: Reference Branch
3078 Upshur Avenue
Quantico, Virginia 22134

My thanks to newsletter reader Claud M Sanford for telling me about this online resource.


I tried to click on the card database webpage, twice, and both times got a warning not to proceed because of security risks to my computer. Is this because it’s a military site and they are so prone to hacking? I don’t have Marine ancestors, but a friend’s first husband was a Marine wounded in WW II, drummed out by how badly he was wounded, enlisted in the Navy and killed in Korea. I thought she might be interested in whatever might be on his Marine card. But if going to the website is dangerous to my computer, it’s not worth it.


    False alarm.

    Your anti-virus program is lying to you. The message you received is called a “false positive.” Actually, that is quite common.

    Most anti-virus and anti-malware products are notorious for producing “false positive” alarms. That is, they say there MIGHT be a problem with a web site when, in fact, there is no problem. Use a different anti-virus or anti-malware product and you won’t receive any such warning.

    My favorite tool for scanning web sites is VirusTotal, a free online service that analyzes files and URLs enabling the identification of viruses, worms, trojans and other kinds of malicious content detected by antivirus engines and website scanners. At the same time, it may be used as a means to detect false positives, i.e. innocuous resources detected as malicious by one or more scanners.

    VirusTotal is very easy to use: simply copy-and-paste a URL (web address) into VirusTotal’s menus and let the online service check the web site for you.

    You can find VirusTotal at https://www.virustotal.com


    It’s not an anti-virus software warning. It’s a warning from the browser, which sometimes occurs if the website’s certificate is out of date or not in the browser’s database. Just ignore long-winded advice, click on “I understand the risks”, add the site as an exception, and go on your way.


Thanks, Dick.

I also just read you new article on VirusTotal and a number of other free programs for testing such virus messages for false positives. They’re good to know about, because I don’t want an infected computer, but I also want access to websites that might be very useful to me.


After running this site through VirusTotal, and having it declared clean, I searched for the name of my friend’s husband, and found it. Information includes the name of the unit he was in, service number, but not rank so far as I can tell. Also the type of casualty (WIA, KIA, MIA, POW), and date and place of casualty. The site is set up with narrow alphabetical sections. Within that, the names are in alpha order. There’s no search function, so you have to browse through what looks like 2000+ names. I noticed that some names are out of order. So if you’re looking for a name and don’t find it, hunt through the rest of that section. You may even have to look in the section before and after. The intro says this site isn’t complete, with more coming online all the time. On the card I was looking for, was the name of the person who had entered it. Was this a volunteer project, or is this the name of the NARA staff person who entered this particular card?


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