Dear Ms. Foster,
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We are unaware of a single list of all Korean War Purple Heart recipients. Names of some Purple Heart recipients or potential recipients (by virtue of being casualties) may be located in several sets of records.
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Award Cards, 1942 - 1963 in the Records of the National Archives and Records Administration (Record Group 64) that includes cards for Air Force recipients of the Purple Heart during the Korean War as well as World War II and the early years of the Vietnam War . Many of these records have been digitized and are available online. For more information about searching these records, please contact National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL) at firstname.lastname@example.org
We also located Award Case Files, 1950 - 1954 and General Orders, ca. 1942 - ca. 1954 for the Eighth US Army in the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) (Record Group 338) that may contain records of Purple Heart recipients. These records are not arranged by type of award, but are arranged chronologically by year and thereunder alphabetically by last name of the award recipient. In addition, we located a series titled Unit Histories, 1943 - 1967 in the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) ( Record Group 338) that includes records of many individual US Army units and may include general orders for awarding the Purple Heart. Next, we located Index of Purple Heart Award Recipients, 1942 - 1950 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that includes some records for the first year of the Korean War. Further, we located Casualty Information Reports, 1941 - 1960 and List of Casualties, 1941 - 1953 in Record Group 24 and Records Relating to Strength and Casualties, ca. 1947 - 1972 in the Records of the U.S. Marine Corps (Record Group 127). Any personnel wounded or killed in action would have qualified for the Purple Heart. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com.
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Lastly, we searched Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and located two databases titled Records on Korean War Dead and Wounded Army Casualties, created, 1950 - 1970, documenting the period 2/13/1950 - 12/31/1953 and the Korean War Extract Data File, as of April 29, 2008, 6/28/1950 - 3/10/1954 in the Defense Casualty Analysis System (DCAS) that are searchable and available online.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
[Some information provided by Nate Patch, Subject Matter Expert]