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Military casualty records document the names and sometimes the circumstances of those people who either died or were injured while fighting a war. From these records you can often find details about the event including where, how and when it happened and who was involved.

Some soldiers gave the ultimate sacrifice in dying for their country. Many more survived but sustain life-altering injuries in the line of duty. Military casualty records are abundant and often contain details about the person's military service and the cause of their death.

In addition to learning more about the circumstances, casualty records can also include biographical details that can help with your research.

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