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

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United States Korean War Repatriated Prisoners of War, 1950-1954
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Record Description
Record Type Korean War
Record Group RG 15: Records of the Veterans Administration
Collection years 1950-1954
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What is in This 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.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Prisoners of War

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

Collection Content

Sample of indexed information:

John L Smith United States Korean War Repatriated Prisoners of War
Name John L Smith
Event Type Military Service
Event Date 27 Aug 1953
Event Place Ch'ang-Song, Korea
Military Capture or Missing Date 12 Dec 1950
Serial Number 19347245

How Do I Search This 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 the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person 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 the Person 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

Research Helps

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the United States.

Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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