The History Division’s Historical Reference Branch holds casualty cards for World War II, War Dogs, Interwar Period 1946-50, Korea, Interwar Period 1955-1965, and Vietnam. Casualty cards were issued when a Marine was wounded, missing, killed or deemed a prisoner of war.
In an effort to increase patron usage and preserve the historic cards, the branch has digitized them and created a database of the information. The cards and corresponding database are not comprehensive as there are often gaps or omissions. This does not mean that the event (KIA, WIA, etc.) did not happen, just that the branch did not have a card for the event.
While the cards for World War II through Korea are not classified, they can often be very graphic. Therefore, to maintain the dignity and honor of the Marines, the individual cards will only be released, upon request, on a case by case basis. To request a card, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or a request in writting to:
United States Marine Corps History Division
Attn: Reference Branch
3078 Upshur Avenue
Quantico, Virginia 22134.
Casualty Codes For WWII and Korea (PDF)