There are 13 categories that can be used online to search the Vietnam Wall. Any one of the following may be used: first name, last name, home of record, home county, home state or country, service branch, age, service number, social security number, rank, birthday, casualty date and casualty location.
Officially known as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the monument is often simply called "the Wall."
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), a non-profit charitable organization authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1980 to build a memorial dedicated to all American men and women who served and sacrificed in the Vietnam War, maintains a website dedicated to making searches for names on the Wall easy and efficient. In addition to the names, the VVMF also provides an online gallery of photos and detailed profiles for many of the names inscribed on the Wall.
According to TheWall-USA.com, a non-profit endeavor maintained by Vietnam veterans as a resource for the Wall, the names are listed in chronological order by casualty date and then alphabetized within each day. For the dead, the casualty date is when they were wounded in combat or injured in an accident. Those missing in action are listed according to the date they were reported missing.