United States Korean War Battle Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.

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.

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

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

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 ancestors. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine which individual is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination. Next, click on your ancestor's name. This will take you to a descriptive page with a link to the image.

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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Contributions to This Article

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Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.