Fold3 provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. The collections includes records, photographs, memorials, biographies, scanned books, maps, and even a small collection of non-military records. This database is available for use in the building only.
Why the name Fold3?
The name Fold3 comes from a traditional flag folding ceremony in which the third fold is made in honor and remembrance of veterans who served in defense of their country and to maintain peace throughout the world.
There are many ways to filter search results in Fold3 allowing a high level of specificity. Some of the filters available include: conflict, place, branch, date, awards, and publication name & type.
You can filter in the main search bar
or using the filters on the left hand side of the screen.
You can also browse all of Fold3's collections. This feature allows you to drill-down to find documents that interest you. You can also search directly from any level in browse by using the Search box at the top. As you click on selections in the browse categories, you may see an info button appear in the title box at the top. Clicking on this info button will open up information about that title, including a description and details about the source.
Selecting the thumbnail of a page that interests you will open it in the document Viewer for easier inspection.
Interactive Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Over 58,000 names of those who died or were listed as missing in the Vietnam War are carved in the black granite memorial, which begins with the inscription: "In honor of the men and women of the Armed Forces of the United States who served in the Vietnam War. The names of those who gave their lives and of those who remain missing are inscribed in the order they were taken from us." You can browse all names, or by enlistment type (Regular, Selective Service, Reserve or National Guard), service (Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard), or by hometown.