Korean War Records
by Mandy Mathews, Family Historian
Coming forward in history, the Korean War is the next mass record collection available for research. As many of the soldiers who fought in this war are still living, most of these records are held within the U.S. Privacy Act, unless you are a direct descendent. The records readily available deal mainly with casualty lists, prisoners of war, and obituaries. The Casualties of War records cover the years between 1950 and 1957. The Prisoner of War records span from 1950 to 1954.
These records are accessible in several different places; the United States National Archives at www.archives.gov, the LDS Family History Libraries www.familysearch.org, and various subscription websites.
Beneficial information extracted from these records includes:
- Rank or grade
- Branch of service
- Home of record - city, town, or county and state
- Date of casualty
- Category of casualty
As with most other U.S. Military records, there are many other databases and websites available. Several states have published records available on each of the wars and the servicemen from their state. Another beneficial search method for military records is newspapers. Often times you will find lists of soldiers from their hometown newspaper. This is a valuable resource because you can find announcements of their enlistment, deployment, injuries, casualties, and achievements.
Thinking out of the box when doing genealogy research is very important. You often find what you are looking for in the least expected location.