South Korea transferred the remains of two U.S. soldiers who went missing during the Korean War to American custody during a ceremony Wednesday at the National Cemetery in Seoul, according to the Ministry of National Defense.
The MND’s Agency for Killed in Action Recovery and Identification found the remains earlier this year at Gaemi Gogae in Chungnam province. Twelve members of the U.S. Army’s 3rd Battalion, 21st Regiment, 24th Division went missing there during fighting against North Korean forces on July 11, 1950.
MAKRI suspected the remains were those of Americans because of their large frames and Western-style dental fillings. The agency contacted the U.S. Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, and both determined that the remains were those of U.S. troops, based on combat records and military items found at the site.
After the remains are identified, JPAC will return them to their families. South Korea has so far returned the remains of eight troops to the U.S.