2 Replies Latest reply on May 13, 2021 12:37 PM by Rachael Salyer

    Seeking proof that 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion was in DMZ

    Jerry Jones Newbie

      Could you please suggest ways and places I could locate and access proof/verification that members of the 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion were ‘in or near’ the Korean DMZ between September 1, 1967 and August 31, 1971?  The specific period I am researching is 1966 – 1968. 


      I am researching this as the basis of an Agent Orange disability claim being made to the Veterans Administration.  Medical and Service records are being requested but other than verifying service and assignment to Korea, I doubt if the records will provide a greater level of accuracy with respect to having served 'in or near the DMZ.'


      If it is not possible to locate specific assignment/locale/granular information, where could I find  specific mission/assignment orders for the 502nd Military Intelligence Bn. During the 1967 – 1971 or more specifically 1966 – 1968 periods?


      Preferably it would be something stating that the 502nd MI Bn. had (the sole) U. S. Army Military Intelligence Operational responsibility for South Korea including the DMZ During the 1967 – 1971 or more specifically 1966 – 1968 periods.

        • Re: Seeking proof that 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion was in DMZ
          Elliot Schneider Ranger



          Have you tried reaching out to the Korean War Project website. Please see link below with lots of men who served in the 502. https://www.koreanwar.org/html/units/502mi.htm


          You also might want to reach out to them on social media such as Facebook they have a Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/502dMilitaryIntelligenceBattalion/


          The Battalion was redesignated on 20 March 1961 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion with its organic elements concurrently constituted. The Battalion was activated 25 March 1961 in Yongsan, Korea, as a field army military intelligence battalion assigned to the US Army Pacific Command and subsequently assigned to the Eighth US Army. From 1961 to 1978, the 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion was the only military intelligence battalion assigned in the Republic of Korea. During this period the Battalion provided key analytical research on the developing North Korean Army. The battalion was reorganized in April 1977 and assigned to the Intelligence and Security Command. It was later inactivated in Korea on 1 January 1978.


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          • Re: Seeking proof that 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion was in DMZ
            Rachael Salyer Ranger

            Dear Mr. Jones,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Organizational History Files, 1951-1970 in the Records of the Army Staff (Record Group 319) that contains 8 files related to the 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion in the 1960s that may be of interest to you. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) for access to and information about these and similar records.


            Since the 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion was assigned to the Eighth Army, you might also find some relevant information in these 38 series related to the Eighth Army during the time frame you are researching. Records related to the U.S. Forces Korea might also contain some useful information. Most of these records have not been digitized. You may contact RDT2 for additional assistance with them.


            Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


            Finally, you may also wish to contact the US Army Center of Military History to see if they can offer you any further assistance.


            We hope this information is helpful, and best of luck with your research!