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Release No: 739-04
August 03, 2004

Remains of American MIAs Found in North Korea

Remains believed to be those of two American soldiers missing in action from the Korean War have been recovered in North Korea by a U.S. team and will be repatriated at Yongsan Military Compound in Seoul on Aug. 5.

The joint remains recovery work is the result of negotiations with North Korea led by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/Missing Personnel Affairs Jerry D. Jennings. The remains will be returned over land from North Korea across the demilitarized zone as was done in May and July for the first two recovery operations of 2004.

A joint team operating near the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea recovered the remains believed to be those of a U.S. Army soldier from the 7th Infantry Division who fought against Chinese forces November-December 1950. Approximately 1,000 Americans are estimated to have been lost in battles of the Chosin campaign.

Additionally, a second team recovered remains in Unsan County, about 60 miles north of Pyongyang. This area was the site of battles between communist forces and the U.S. Armys 1st Cavalry and 25th Infantry divisions in November 1950.

The 28-person U.S. contingent was composed of specialists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, where the remains will be flown to begin the forensic identification process.

Since 1996, 30 joint operations have been conducted in North Korea, during which more than 200 remains believed to be those of U.S. soldiers have been recovered. Of the 88,000 U.S. service members missing in action from all conflicts, more than 8,100 are from the Korean War.

For additional information about POW/MIA recoveries, visit, or call the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office at (703) 699-1169.

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