Do you have:
- a DD-214 or any other records of any kind
from the military?
- a copy of any reporting, awards, or
- a draft card to prove you registered?
- any employment records that might show why
you left that employment or a gap in employment?
- Social Security withholdings might prove
you were in the military for a period of time?
- your Service Number (or Numbers)?
Do you have any photos from over there?
Does anyone have a photo of you over there?
Do you know anyone that knew you from the unit, a
buddy, or close comrade?
What are the specific dates of your tour?
Do you remember anyone specifically from your
Where and when were you trained? Basic, AIT, OCS,
???. There has to be records or even graduating class annuals and rosters.
What ribbons were you awarded?
There are records of every ribbon awarded to
anyone and any Vietnam ribbon could prove you were there. Everyone should have
the Vietnam Service Ribbon and the Vietnam Campaign Ribbon (with devices).
Usually these awards are listed on your DD214.
Also you should always contact a local Veterans
Service Officer at a Service Organization such as the VFW (American
Legion, DAV, VVA etc.). Many states have local county Veterans Service officers
who can help, see if one is nearby. They can help you
find those records, and to submit a claim if that is an issue. A Service
Officer’s assistance is absolutely needed, don’t try to go it alone.
Here is a link
to the National Archives where you can request copies of your Veterans Service
You should also check to see if your old unit has
a website, this could be a valuable resource to track down others from your unit
who may remember you and could write a buddy letter attesting to your service.