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Cause of Death Codes


The following abbreviations/acronyms/codes are used in the Cause of Death column of the Virginia Military Dead Database to denote the corresponding cause of death.

Abbreviation Explanation
Accident Unintentional
Burns Immediate Cause, Other Circumstances Not Specified
DC Died while Captured
DD Died of Disease
DMIA Died while Missing
DNB Died, Non-Battle
Drowned Drowned
Drug Overdose Immediate Cause, Other Circumstances Not Specified
DW Died of Wounds
Executed Lawfully Punished for Crime(s) Committed
Explosion Other Circumstances Not Specified
FOD Finding of Death, a Legal Declaration
Homicide  
Injuries Immediate Cause, Other Circumstances Not Specified
Jumped Overboard Other Circumstances Not Specified
KA Killed in Action
Killed by Civil Authority/Officers Other Circumstances Not Specified
Killed by Civilian Other Circumstances Not Specified
Killed While Resisting Arrest Other Circumstances Not Specified
Lost at Sea  
M Missing
MIA Missing in Action
Missing at Sea Other Circumstances Not Specified
Natural Causes Age, Existing Medical Condition, etc.
Poisoning (Not Accidental) Immediate Cause, Other Circumstances Not Specified
Ptomaine Poison Immediate Cause, Other Circumstances Not Specified
Self Inflicted Wound Other Circumstances Not Specified (Accident/Suicide?)
Suicide Suicide
Traumatic Shock Other Circumstances Not Specified
Undetermined  
Unknown