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What is the Nominal Roll of Australian Veterans of the Korean War
The Nominal Roll of Australian Veterans of the Korean War honours and commemorates those who served in Australia’s defence forces in Korea during the period 27 June 1950 to 19 April 1956.

The roll provides a snapshot of individual service by displaying a range of information on each person gathered from relevant service records.

The service details displayed on the website are specific to the conflict in Korea only.

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Who is included
The Nominal Roll of Australian Veterans of the Korean War contains the service details of some 17000 individuals who served with Australia’s defence forces in Korea, or in the waters adjacent to Korea, during the conflict and after the ceasefire, between 27 June 1950 and 19 April 1956.

Those listed include approximately 5700 members of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), 10800 from the Australian Army, and 1200 members of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

A small number of Australian civilians are also included on the nominal roll. They consist of canteen staff who served on RAN ships deployed to Korean waters during the conflict, and members of philanthropic organisations, such as the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, who provided various forms of support to Australian service personnel in Korea.

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How was the roll compiled
A preliminary Nominal Roll of Australian Veterans of the Korean War was released in paperback format in April 1999. This was followed by the publication of an updated commemorative version in April 2000. The data contained in these rolls was primarily developed and maintained as a basis for a series of Korean War health studies. No further versions of the Nominal Roll of Australian Veterans of the Korean War have been made available to the public since 2000.

This Internet version of the Nominal Roll has been updated using a number of sources. These include veterans and ex-service family and friends of veterans, RAN pay ledgers and nominal rolls previously published for the Australian Army and RAAF, and responses received following publication of the Nominal Roll in April 2000.

The service eligibility of all those whose names appear on the website has been verified from the original service record held by the Department of Defence.

Additional information concerning those who died was obtained from the Office of Australian War Graves and the Australian War Memorial.

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Where can I get a copy of my service records
Navy records of those who served in Korea are held by the National Archives of Australia.

An index of the service records can be viewed on the Archives website. For a small fee, a photocopy of a record can be purchased.

The Department of Defence holds the service records for those who served in Korea in either the Australian Army or the Royal Australian Air Force.

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Can I make changes to my service details listed on the Nominal Roll of Australian Veterans of the Korean War
Every effort has been made to ensure that the Nominal Roll is as accurate as possible.

If you believe the information displayed on the website is incorrect please contact the Nominal Rolls team.

Any changes made to the website are updated monthly.

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