An estimated 10,500 Tennesseans served in the Korean War. At this time, service records for the Korean War are held by the federal government at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis.
The Tennessee State Library and Archives holds a number of manuscript collections, record groups and published materials on the Korean War. Patrons researching Tennessee's involvement in the war may wish to review the materials listed below or e-mail TSLA with questions. TSLA will respond to e-mail requests promptly; response time may vary, depending on the amount of research required to answer your question and the unique nature of your request. If you need immediate assistance you may call the reference desk at (615) 741-2764 or visit us in person.
James F. Corn Papers, 1917-1987
James F. Corn of Cleveland, Tennessee, served with the reactivated 117th Infantry in the Korean War, 1950-1953, which was eventually renamed the 278th Regimental Combat Team. Folder 6: Military Records–General Orders, 1947-1963. Accession Number: 93-038; Mf. 1397.
Wallace Alexander Jones Genealogical Collection, 1860-1963
Includes two letters (1950) from a London friend reflecting British thought concerning world affairs and the war in Korea. Accession Number: 1968.427; Mf. 1202.
Jack Knox Papers, 1932-1978
Jack Knox was a noted conservative political cartoonist who worked for the Nashville Banner for twenty-nine years. See “After Five O’Clock,” booklet of 27 Korean War era cartoons. THS Accession Number: 640; Mf. 1684.
Laura Irene McKinney Collection, 1807-1972.
This is a collection of records of Laura Irene McKinney (1902-1984), genealogist and resident of Etowah; her father, Samuel Walker McKinney (1878-1954), businessman and alcohol tax investigator; and her brother, Colonel Harry Ellery McKinney (1904-1978), career Army officer. Harry E. McKinney served as regimental commander in Korea, 1951-52, and describes some of the intense fighting that soldiers under his command experienced. The register includes a name index to correspondence. 2,000 items. Mf. 958.
Edyth Rucker Whitley Scrapbook Collection, 1916-1917, 1940-1945, 1953
The Edythe Rucker Whitley Scrapbook Collection, consisting of 531 items, spans the periods of 1916- 1917, 1940-1945, and 1953. The collection consists of newspaper clippings, the majority of which relate to World War II. These clippings concern Tennesseans who were inducted into military service, their promotions and transfers, casualty lists, and those killed or missing in action. In addition to clippings of World War II, there are news items relating to World War I and the Korean War. Accession No.: 93-030; Mf. 1400.
Alexander, Joseph H. Battle of the Barricades: U. S. Marines in the Recapture of
Seoul. Washington, DC: History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U. S.
Marine Corps: Supt. of Docs., U. S. G. P. O., 2000. D214 .13:K 84/3
Avery, Pat McGrath. They Came Home: Korean War POWs Tell Their Stories.
Kimberling City, MO: Branson Creek Press, c. 2004. DS921 .A84
Bowers, William T., Hammond, William M., & MacGarrigle, George L. Black Soldier,
White Army: The 24th Infantry Regiment in Korea. Washington, DC: Center of
Military History, U. S. Army: U. S. G. P. O., Supt. of Docs., 1996. D114.2 :B 56
Carlson, Lewis H. Remembered Prisoners of a Forgotten War: An Oral History of the
Korean War POWs. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2002. DS921 .C37
Condon, John P. Corsairs to Panthers: U. S. Marine Aviation in Korea. Washington,
DC: U. S. Marine Corps Historical Center: Supt. of Docs., U. S. G. P. O., 2002.
D214 .13K 84/7
Donnelly, William M. We Can Do It: The 503rd Field Artillery Battalion in the Korean
War. Washington, DC: Center of Military History, U. S. Army, 2000.
D114 2:K 84/10
Edwards, Paul M. Combat Operations of the Korean War: Ground, Air, Sea, Special
and Covert. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., c. 2010. DS918 . E354 2010
Endicott, Judy G. (Ed.). The USAF in Korea: Campaigns, Units, and Stations, 1950-
1953. Washington, DC: Air Force History and Museums Program, Supt. of Docs.,
2001. D301 .82/7:K 84/6
Field, James A. History of United State Naval Operations: Korea. With a foreword by
Ernest McNeil Eller. Washington, DC: U. S. Govt. Print. Off., 1962.
DS920 .A2 F5
Gugeler, Russell A. Combat Actions in Korea. Washington, DC: Office of the Chief
of Military History, U. S. Army, Supt. of Docs., 1970. DS918 .G83 1970
Herman, Jan K. Frozen in Memory: U. S. Navy Medicine in the Korean War. Bangor,
ME: Booklocker.Com, 2006. DS921 .25 .H47
Korea, 1950. Washington, DC: Center of Military History, Dept. of the Army, 1997.
D114 .2K 84/8
Korean War Veterans Memorial. Washington, DC: National Park Service, U. S. Dept.
of the Interior, 1996. I29 .21:K 84
Leary, William M. Anything, Anywhere, Any Time: Combat Cargo in the Korean War.
Washington, DC: Air Force History and Museums Program. U. S. G. P. O., Supt. of
Docs., 2000. D301 .82/7:K 84/4
Miller, John, Jr., Carroll, Owen J., & Tackley, Margaret E. Korea, 1951-1953. Wash-
ington, DC: Center of Military History, Dept. of the Army, Supt. of Docs., U. S. G.
P. O., 1997. D114 .2:K 84/7
Ridgway, Matthew B. The Korean War: How We Met the Challenge: How All-Out
Asian War was Averted: Why MacArthur was Dismissed: Why Today’s War Objec-
tives Must be Limited. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1967. DW918 .R49
Stephens, Rudolph W. Old Ugly Hill: A G. I.’s Fourteen Months in the Korean
Trenches, 1952-1953. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., c. 1995. DS921.6 .S74
Stratemeyer, George E., Y’Blood, William T. (Ed). The Three Wars of Lt. Gen. George
E. Stratemeyer: His Korean War Diary. Washington, DC: Air Force History and
Museums Program, U. S. G. P. O., Supt. of Docs., 1999. D301 .82/7:K 84/2
Summers, Harry G., Jr. Korean War Almanac. New York: Facts on File, c. 1990.
U.S. Military Personnel Who died from Hostile Action (including missing and captured)
in the Korean War, 1950-1957. Tennessee. DS920.6 .U6
Witt, Linda, Bellafaire, Judith, Granrud, Britta, & Binker, Mary Jo. A Defense Weapon
Known to be of Value: Servicewomen of the Korean War Era. Hanover: University
Press of New England in association with the Military Women’s Press of the Women
in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, c. 2005. DS921 .5 .W 64 D44