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
AccidentUnintentional
BurnsImmediate Cause, Other Circumstances Not Specified
DCDied while Captured
DDDied of Disease
DMIADied while Missing
DNBDied, Non-Battle
DrownedDrowned
Drug OverdoseImmediate Cause, Other Circumstances Not Specified
DWDied of Wounds
ExecutedLawfully Punished for Crime(s) Committed
ExplosionOther Circumstances Not Specified
FODFinding of Death, a Legal Declaration
Homicide
InjuriesImmediate Cause, Other Circumstances Not Specified
Jumped OverboardOther Circumstances Not Specified
KAKilled in Action
Killed by Civil Authority/OfficersOther Circumstances Not Specified
Killed by CivilianOther Circumstances Not Specified
Killed While Resisting ArrestOther Circumstances Not Specified
Lost at Sea
MMissing
MIAMissing in Action
Missing at SeaOther Circumstances Not Specified
Natural CausesAge, Existing Medical Condition, etc.
Poisoning (Not Accidental)Immediate Cause, Other Circumstances Not Specified
Ptomaine PoisonImmediate Cause, Other Circumstances Not Specified
Self Inflicted WoundOther Circumstances Not Specified (Accident/Suicide?)
SuicideSuicide
Traumatic ShockOther Circumstances Not Specified
Undetermined
Unknown

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