The Korean War

Army is leading The Korean War Project, which aims to update the case files of all Australian soldiers who remain missing in action and presumed dead from the Korean War.

The ongoing work to account for missing Australian servicemen is progressing with the support of The Royal Australian Navy, The Royal Australian Air Force, National Archives of Australia, the Australian War Memorial, researchers, historians, families and the ex-service community in Australia, the United States, South Korea, Canada and the United Kingdom. 

The United States’ Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency (DPAA) and the South Korean Ministry of National Defence Agency for Missing in Action Recovery and Identification (MAKRI) organisations have a strong interest in accounting for their servicemen who remain unaccounted for in Korea. Army maintains a strong working relationship with both organisations.

Further information can be found in the documents below.

Working group status update (PDF 397.55 KB) Australian servicemen missing in action in Korea (PDF 141.93 KB) Australian servicemen missing in action in Korea factsheet (PDF 28.93 KB) Memorandum of Understanding - US Department of Defense / Australian Defence Force (PDF 354.66 KB) Memorandum of Understanding - Republic of Korea Ministry of National Defense / Australian Defence Force (PDF 246.17 KB)

Anyone who may be related to one of the missing Australian servicemen are requested to register their details through the Missing soldier relatives database form. Family members can include siblings, children, parents, aunts and uncles, cousins and widows. There is no limit to the number of family members who can register. Army will seek to collect DNA from both the maternal and paternal relatives of the missing soldiers.

Army is also seeking the assistance of Korean War veterans who have firsthand information about any of the incidents in which Australian servicemen came to be recorded as missing in action. If you have any information that may assist in Army's investigations, contact Unrecovered War Casualties - Army on 1800 019 090 or by email at army.uwc@defence.gov.au.

Meeting summary from the Korean War Missing in Action Working Group:

Korean War Missing in Action Working Group – November 2022 (PDF 256.43 KB) Korean War Missing in Action Working Group – April 2022 (PDF 218.62 KB) Korean War Missing in Action Working Group – November 2021 (PDF 180.19 KB) Korean War Missing in Action Working Group – May 2021 (PDF 162.67 KB) Korean War Missing in Action Working Group – November 2020 (PDF 162.47 KB) Korean War Missing in Action Working Group – May 2020 (PDF 202.44 KB) Korean War Missing in Action Working Group – November 2019 (PDF 236.09 KB) Korean War Missing in Action Working Group – July 2019 (PDF 238.36 KB) Korean War Missing in Action Working Group – February 2019 (PDF 191.75 KB) Korean War Missing in Action Working Group – October 2018 (PDF 143.07 KB) Korean War Missing in Action Working Group – June 2018 (PDF 151.25 KB) Korean War Missing in Action Working Group – March 2018 (PDF 308.2 KB) Korean War Missing in Action Working Group – October 2017 (PDF 28.93 KB) Korean War Missing in Action Working Group – April 2017 (PDF 276.35 KB) Korean War Missing in Action Working Group – December 2016 (PDF 113.92 KB) Korean War Missing in Action Working Group – August 2016 (PDF 99.25 KB) Korean War Missing in Action Working Group – April 2016 (PDF 256.95 KB) Korean War Missing in Action Working Group – December 2015 (PDF 275.66 KB)