Korean War Resources
Personnel Missing - Korea (PMKOR) Database:
DPMO established the PMKOR Database as the baseline to provide the fullest possible accounting of those servicemen who did not return from the Korean War (1950-1953). This publication is a comprehensive listing of those individuals who are unaccounted-for after the repatriation events of OPERATION LITTLE SWITCH, OPERATION BIG SWITCH and OPERATION GLORY.
( Click here to go to the PMKOR Database Page )
Korean War Aircraft Loss Database (KORWALD):
DPMO has developed the KORWALD to assist U.S. researchers and analysts in their efforts to account for Korean War aircraft losses. This database associates specific aircraft with individual aircrew members, circumstances of loss, status and other data.
( Click here to go to the KORWALD Page )
Major Remains Concentrations in North Korea:
A few men died in relative isolation, along trails and in individual aircraft crashes. But most did not. The best way to search for all of those still unaccounted for is to go to local centers of mass, where men died, whether on battlefields, at POW camps, or near organized burials. Then we hope to work outward to look for those lost along the way.
( Click here to see the "Major Remains Concentrations in North Korea" map )
POW Camps in North Korea:
Over 2,000 men died, and are still unrecovered, as prisoners of war. Some deaths occurred at holding points and others in the permanent camps operated by Chinese forces on the south bank of the Yalu River. Some U.S. POWs spent time across the river in Manchuria, but to the best of our knowledge, all have returned.
( Click here to see the "POW Camps in North Korea" map )
POW March Routes and United Nations Cemeteries:
The search for remains, whether of known prisoners, battlefield deaths, or those missing in action, is usually a matter of following routes. These work northward from later battles, past organized burials and holding points, and sometimes even re-cross previous battlefields. In this sense, the whole search and recovery process is interactive, from case to case to case.
( Click here to see the "POW March Routes & United Nations Cemeteries" map )
U.S. Air Force K-Sites in Korea:
During the Korean War, the USAF operated from bases and airfields throughout North and South Korea. These bases and airfields were assigned "K" numbers by the Far East Air Force. This list associates the "K" numbers with their respective locations.
( Click here to go to the "K-Site Listing" Page ) (Source: The Air Force Historical Research Agency )
What to do if you have information for DPMO:
If you have any information that may concern a missing American that has not returned from a war in which our Nation has engaged, DPMO would appreciate you forwarding that information to us at the following mailing address:
Attn: Charles Henley
2400 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-2400
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