Korean War

A short five years after the end of WW2, Australian forces were again called into action. Some 17,000 Australian troops fought with the United Nations forces during the Korean War. The cost was 346 Australian war dead.

Cemeteries overseas

The 12.4 hectare United Nations Memorial Cemetery (UNMCK) was created at Tanggok, Pusan in Korea as the resting place for the thousands from the UN forces who died during the Korean War [1]. Of our Australian war dead, 281 lie there with their UN allies.

Ten Australian war dead from Korea are buried at the Yokohama War Cemetery in Japan, in the Post-War Plot. 

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Cemeteries & Gardens of Remembrance in Australia

Eleven Australians died after return to Australia during the war period. They now rest in civil cemeteries and crematoria, with their official commemoration either at the gravesite or crematorium or at an OAWG Garden of Remembrance, in accordance with the wishes of their family.

Memorial to the Missing

Within the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea, a Memorial to the Missing commemorates 44 Australians and other members of the UN forces who died during the Korean War but have no known grave.

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Roll of Honour

This Australian War Memorial database can be searched for information on Australian war dead from the Korean War and other wars.

Nominal Roll of Australian Veterans of the Korean War

The Nominal Roll of Australian Veterans of the Korean War lists the men and women who served in the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force in Korea. You can seek information on the Korean war dead by using the Search and Advanced Search functions.

Contact OAWG Need to find out more about where a particular person who died during the Korean War is commemorated? Just ask us.

Note: Responsibility for the Australian National Korean War Memorial on Anzac Parade, Canberra, rests with the National Capital Authority.

See: Australian National Korean War Memorial (National Capital Authority website)

 

 Men of the Royal Australian Navy pay their respects to a comrade at the Yokohama War Cemetery in Japan in 195????  UN Memorial Cemetery, Pusan, Korea
Men of the Royal Australian Navy pay their respects to a comrade at the Yokohama War Cemetery in Japan in the 1950's UN Memorial Cemetery, Pusan, Korea

 

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Footnotes
  1. Responsibility for the maintenance of the cemetery was transferred from the UN to the Commission for the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK) in 1973. The 11 nations, including Australia, contribute proportionately to the upkeep of the cemetery.   
  2. As the Nominal Rolls for the recent conflicts develop, it is envisaged that they will include details of the place of commemoration of each of our war dead.