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United States Korean War Battle Deaths, 1950-1957
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Record Description
Record Type Korean War
Collection years 1950-1957
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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.

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What Can These Reccords Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:


  • 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)

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample of indexed information:

John Smith United States Korean War Battle Deaths
Name John Smith
Event Type Death
Event Date 26 Nov 1950
Event Place Korea
Gender Male
Race Negro
Citizenship Status U.S. Citizen
Casualty Type Note HOSTILE - Died while captured/interned
Birth Date 1923
Residence Place Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The birth date of your ancestor
  • The place where your ancestor lived
  • The military branch in which your ancestor served

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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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