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Commonwealth Government Records about South Australia


Korean War

On 25 June 1950, the North Korean Army invaded South Korea. Elements of the Australian navy, army and air force, with the British Commonwealth Occupation Force in Japan, were quickly committed to the war in Korea. These were supplemented by additional forces sent from Australia. More than 17,000 Australians served in the Korean War. Of these 339 died, including 13 South Australians.

Selected series relating to the Korean War and South Australia
Melbourne
Army
Recorded by: Central Army Records Office
Army personnel files, 1947– B2458
Canberra
Royal Australian Navy
Recorded by: Navy Office, Department of the Navy
Service cards for navy officers, 1911–70 A6769
Service cards for petty officers and sailors, 1911–70 A6770
Canberra
Royal Australian Air Force
Recorded by: Department of Air, Central Office
RAAF personnel files – all ranks, 1949– A12372
Sydney, Adelaide
General matters
Recorded by: Headquarters, 4 Military District, Australian Military Forces, Keswick, South Australia
Correspondence files, 1931–64 D844
Selected items relating to the Korean War and South Australia
Sydney
Korea notes – patrolling in Korea, 1954 D844, 246/1/4
Adelaide
Enlistment Special Force Korea – training and enlistment statistics, 1950–53 D844, 251/32/18
Enlistment Special Force Korea – training and enlistment statistics, 1950–53 D844, 251/32/19

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Chapter 19
War service