United States, Korean War Repatriated Prisoners of War (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Korean War
Collection years 1950-1954
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To reach the series description, click on the above link, then select "Korean War." After the "Korean War" page has loaded, look for "Record Group 15" and click on the "Search" icon.

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National Archives and Records Administration


What is in the Collection?

This collection includes records from 1950-1954.

This is an index to former prisoners of Korean War acquired from the National Archives "Access to Archival Databases" (AAD). The records are from Record Group 15 Records of the Veterans Administration. The event date is the date of release and event place is the prisoner of war camp. Additional information about this collection may be found on the National Archives website.

Collection Content

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Information found in this collection may include:

  • Soldier’s full name
  • Date of capture
  • Date of release

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The year your ancestor was captured.
  • The year your ancestor was released.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals 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 the information on several individuals comparing the information about them 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.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Search for the military record of your ancestor
  • Search for your ancestor in additional records in the state he or she served from prior to the war
  • Identify key pieces of information from the Prisoner of War record

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Check other Korean War records in case your ancestor was not a repatriated soldier.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.

Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"United States, Korean War Repatriated Prisoners of War, 1950-1954." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for United States, Korean War Repatriated Prisoners of War, 1950-1954.


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