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Military Service Records Research: Korean and Vietnam War Records

Korean & Vietnam War Bonus & Veterans' Records

Korean War Bonus Records and Index 
Index to and applications for for military service bonus payments to Minnesota veterans of the Korean War.
MNHS Call Number: Digital Finding Aid

Korean War Bonus Beneficiary Records
Index to and applications for military service bonus payments to beneficiaries (members of the immediate family) of deceased Minnesota veterans of the Korean War.
MNHS Call Number: Digital Finding Aid

Korean War Bonus, Board of Review Files, 1950s-1960s.
Files contain information on service record and residence before entering the military, correspondence, and the decisions, orders, and findings of fact for each case. The full file on each veteran can be found in the separately cataloged Korean War Denied Bonus Records and Index.
MNHS Call Number: Digital Finding Aid

Korean War Bonus Warrant Register, Nos. 1-24500, circa 1959.
Records name, claim number, months served in foreign and domestic locales, warrant number, and amount of bonus. The claim number can be used to find further information on each individual in the separately cataloged Korean War Bonus Records and Index.
MNHS Call Number: 123.E.16.9B

Korean War denied Bonus Records and Index, 1950s-1970s.
Index to and denied applications for military service bonus payments to Minnesota veterans of the Korean War.
MNHS Call Number: Digital Finding Aid

Martin County (Minn.). Soldier’s and Sailor’s Discharge Record, 1919-1960.
This small set of records was originally kept by the Martin County District Court and contains discharge records for Martin County residents who served in the military between 1919 and 1960. The records are indexed at the beginning of the volume. 
MNHS Call Number: Microfilm SAM 193 Roll 58 (part)

Veterans Graves Registration Reports, [ca. 1930]-1975 (bulk 1930-1969).
Report forms for deceased veterans of the Civil and Indian wars, Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, Korean War, and Vietnam War who are buried in Minnesota. They were compiled by the Veterans Affairs Department during the period 1930-1969. For the period 1970-1975, some counties (mainly Goodhue, Hennepin, Houston, Ramsey, and Swift) and the Fort Snelling cemetery continued to submit reports. Information provided: veteran’s name, date and place of enlistment, rank and organization, date and place of discharge, legal address or usual residence, birth date, death date, cause of death, name and address of next of kin, place of burial, name of cemetery, and grave location. These reports do not constitute a complete record of all veterans buried in Minnesota. Examples of the short form and the long form are available online.
MNHS Call Number: Digital Finding Aid. Search for these records in the Minnesota People Records Search.

Resources Outside MNHS

American Battle Monuments Commission
A searchable index of those buried and memorialized at World War I and World War II overseas military cemeteries, along with those names on the Walls of the Missing at the East Coast Memorial, West Coast Memorial, and Honolulu Memorial. Burial information can also be found for those interred at Corozal American Cemetery and Mexico City National Cemetery.  The register also includes entries for the Korean and Vietnam War. The register does not include records for individuals who were repatriated to the United States for burial.

National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records (NPRC-MPR)
The National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records (NPRC-MPR) is the repository of millions of military personnel, health, and medical records of discharged and deceased veterans of all services during the 20th century.

State-Level Lists of Fatal Casualties of the Korean War (6/28/1950 - 3/10/1954) and the Vietnam War (6/8/1956 - 5/28/2006)
Information recorded includes name, branch of service; rank/rate; birth date; home-of-record city; home-of-record county; incident or death date; and remains recovered.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Directory of Names

Korean & Vietnam War Records Links

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