The Spatial Analysis of American Missing in Action Case Information from the Vietnam War

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Sally J. Westmoreland, Ph.D.

Committee Members

Shanan Farmer, M.S.
James Ciarrocca, M.S.


For this Major Individual Project at the University of Redlands and to assist the Joint Prisoner of War and Missing in Action Accounting Command (JPAC) personnel in finding Missing in Action (MIA) personnel, JPAC databases were integrated into a personnel geodatabase and common datum for MIA cases from the Vietnam War. In addition, spatial analysis models were created and employed to measure spatial consistency between Last Known Locations and Field Activity databases and to determine which uncorrelated records (field activity records not assigned case numbers) are in close proximity to field activity records and last known locations associated with air crash MIA cases. Finally, Military Overlay Editor and Tracking Analyst were used to simulate the Ia Drang and Operation Cedar Falls battles. The analyses and visualizations were created to assist JPAC personnel in finding MIA personnel from the Vietnam War.

This paper is a presentation of the methodologies and results from the analyses and visualizations developed and employed for this project.

Full text is available at the University of Redlands


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