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Record Description

This collection contains an index of military personnel who died hostile deaths during combat in the Korean War between 1950 and 1957.

This collection was acquired from the National Archives "Access to Archival Databases" (AAD). The records are from Record Group 330 Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Additional information about this collection may be found on the National Archives website. The event date is the date died or declared dead.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

Department of Defense. "Records of Military Personnel Who Died as a Result of Hostilities During the Korean War, created, ca. 1977 - 11/1979, documenting the period 1/1/1950 - 2/7/1957." National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include:

  • Full name of casualty
  • Military service branch (F=U.S. Air Force, A=U.S. Army, C=U.S. Coast Guard, M=U.S. Marine Corps, N=U.S. Navy)
  • Home of record (State)
  • Home of record—County for casualties in the Army, and city, town, or municipality for the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps casualties
  • Date of birth (only year if birth is given for most Army casualties)

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • Your ancestor’s name, birth date, or place of residence
  • Other identifying information such as military branch to which he/she belonged

Search the Collection

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example:

  • Use the birth date along with the home of record to find your ancestor’s family in census records.
  • Use the home of record and name of your ancestor to locate church and land records.
  • Your ancestor’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as birth or census records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • The information in this record varies depending on the military branch in which your ancestor served
  • Birth years are recorded with only two digits. For example, instead of recording the birth year as 1925, it will be recorded as 25.

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