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Archives Branch: Campaign Collections

Official records documenting the Marine Corps' involvement in various campaigns.

Korean War

Chosin, Korea, 1950


Official Documents from the Korean War

The Archives Branch maintains collections of primary sources pertaining to Marine Corps involvement in the Korean War.  This artificial collection consists of official publications, historical summaries, after action reports, operation orders, maps, overlays, photographs, diagrams, correspondence, interviews, and various secondary sources related to Marine Corps activities in Korea, 1950-1954.  The collection spans 34 boxes (17 linear feet).

If you have any questions about these collections, please contact the Archives at (703) 784-4685 or

Note: When requesting materials from these collections, please provide the following information: collection name, collection number, and box number (i.e., Korean War Collection, COLL/3808, Boxes 10-13).

5th Marines, April 1951


Index to Korean War Personal Papers Collections​


The Archives Branch maintains indexes of personal papers collections to serve as pathfinders for prospective researchers.  The criteria for selecting collections for inclusion in this index is limited to those personal papers that contain materials pertinent to the study of the Korean War.

Collections in these indexes are comprised of official Marine Corps records, documents, and publications; letters and correspondence; manuscript drafts; photographs; maps; memoirs and reminiscences; clippings and articles; oral histories and interviews; and realia and ephemera.

If you have any questions about these collections, please contact the Archives at (703) 784-4685 or

7th Marines in Korea, April 1951

Photographs from the Korean War


The Archives Branch maintains a Flickr page dedicated to showcasing photographs found in our collections. Of these, approximately 680 images document Marine Corps activities during the Korean War.
Among the photographs featured are images of Inchon, Yudam-ni, Hagaru-ri, as well as Marine luminaries such as Lewis "Chesty" Puller and O. P. Smith.
Please note that some of the photographs found on our Flickr pages are considered public domain and have been cleared for release. While some imagery is public domain, any use of such imagery from this site must be attributed to the U.S. Marine Corps, or the individual photographer. Photographs may not be used to deface the reputation of the Marine Corps, its personnel, or policies.  Additionally, some imagery on this site may fall under copyright protection, such as imagery from personal photo collections donated to the Archives. Please contact us for more information regarding proper use of and/or copyright restrictions for these images.


Korean War Maps

Publications and Monographs produced by the Marine Corps History Division

Available as full-text, searchable PDFs from the Government Publishing Office.

Other Korean War Primary Sources