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09-09-04, 09:16 PM
From: DoD News
Subject: Remains of American MIAs Found in North Korea

NEWS RELEASE from the United States Department of Defense

No. 878-04
Sep 09, 2004
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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

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. Army’s 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.