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Release No: 878-04
September 09, 2004

Remains of American MIAs Found in North Korea

Remains believed to be those of American soldiers missing in action from the Korean War have been recovered by two teams of U.S. specialists and are being repatriated to U.S. control at Yongsan Military Compound in Seoul today, Korea time.

The precise number of remains will be determined in follow-on forensic examinations.

The joint remains recovery work resulted from negotiations with North Korea led by the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office. The remains were repatriated overland across the demilitarized zone as was done for the first three recovery operations in 2004.

Specialists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) comprised the 28-man U.S. element of the recovery teams. The first team operated near the Chosin Reservoir where the 7th Infantry Division fought Chinese forces November-December 1950. Approximately 1,000 Americans are missing in action from battles of the Chosin campaign.

The 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 Division and 25th Infantry Division in November 1950.

The remains will be flown to Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, where the forensic identification process will take place in the JPAC laboratory.

Since 1996, 31 joint operations have been conducted in North Korea, during which remains believed to be those of more than 200 soldiers have been recovered. Of the 88,000 U.S. servicemembers 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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