United States Korean War 1950 to 1953

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About 54 thousand of the 5 million men and women who served in the Korean War were killed. The Korean War was a United Nations affair. Twenty-two nations were involved.

Getting started with Korean research


Korean War:

The National Archives prepared these state level casualty lists by creating extracts from the Korean War Extract Data File and the Vietnam Conflict Extract Data File, both as of April 29, 2008, of the Defense Casualty Analysis System (DCAS) Files, part of Record Group 330: Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The lists are based on the "home of record - state" data provided by the serviceman or woman upon last entrance into military service. "Home of record" does not necessarily refer to the place of birth, residence of next of kin, place of longest residence, nor other common uses of the term "hometown." Full casualty records may be retrieved online through the National Archives' Access to Archival Databases resource.

The Military Index

Most of these casualties are documented in the Military Index, a FamilySearch file. This index includes those who died or who were declared dead from 1950 to 1957 in Korea and from 1957 to 1975 in Southeast Asia. The index gives birth and death dates, country of death, cause of death (air, ground, or sea), town and state of residence at time of enlistment, race, religious affiliation, marital status (Vietnam only), service number, rank, and branch of service.

  • The Military Index is available at the Family History Library and at most family history centers. For more information on this index on www.FamilySearch.org , see the publication Military Index, Third Edition, January 1995. Series FS, Number 2.

Other Resources

The American Battle Monuments Commission has a database of Korean War casualties.  You may request an Honor Roll Certificate. This database lists 38,424 American service men and women who died between June 27, 1950 to July 27, 1954 (1 year after the Armistice). It also includes service personnel who died within the Demilitarized Zone of Korea since 1954. Some died in other areas of the world.  This database also includes the names of 8,196 MIAs.

POW's and MIA's


Records of U.S. Military Casualties, Missing in Action, and Prisoners of War from the Era of the Korean War are available through the National Archives.

The National Archives has an online searchable database, entitled "Records of American Prisoners of War During the Korean War," documenting the period 1950 - 1953.

Korean War MIA's  are included in the The American Battle Monuments Commission has a database of Korean War casualties and MIA's.  You may request an Honor Roll Certificate.  This database includes the names of 39,000 service casualties and 8,196 missing.

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