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Lt. Gen. Charles C. Campbell remembers those servicemembers still missing from the Korean War during a ceremony Thursday, vowing efforts for recovery will continue.
Lt. Gen. Charles C. Campbell remembers those servicemembers still missing from the Korean War during a ceremony Thursday, vowing efforts for recovery will continue. (Teri Weaver / S&S)
Lt. Gen. Charles C. Campbell remembers those servicemembers still missing from the Korean War during a ceremony Thursday, vowing efforts for recovery will continue.
Lt. Gen. Charles C. Campbell remembers those servicemembers still missing from the Korean War during a ceremony Thursday, vowing efforts for recovery will continue. (Teri Weaver / S&S)
Four covers,one from each service, a vacant place at the table and an empty vase with a yellow ribbon commemorate servicemembers still missing in action.
Four covers,one from each service, a vacant place at the table and an empty vase with a yellow ribbon commemorate servicemembers still missing in action. (Teri Weaver / S&S)

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — More than 200 people gathered Thursday afternoon to remember the thousands of U.S. servicemembers still missing from the Korean War.

“We continue to search for Americans in four general areas of North Korea,” said Lt. Gen. Charles C. Campbell during a ceremony at Knight Field on Yongsan to commemorate National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

“Today’s ceremony marks the continuing commitment of the United States government to achieve the fullest possible accounting of those servicemembers who made the ultimate sacrifice when their nation called,” he said.

Since 1979, America has designated a day each September to remember those missing or still imprisoned from wartime. More than 8,000 American servicemembers remain missing from the 1950-53 Korean War, according to Campbell.

In the last decades, recovery teams have excavated more than 180 sets of remains believed to be U.S. servicemembers. Of those, 10 have been identified positively and returned to their families for burial, Campbell said.

Searches continued in four areas of North Korea: Usan County, Kujuang County, Kaechon city and near the Chosin Reservoir.

“We continue to search for our missing servicemembers so that we may provide closure for their families,” Campbell said, “and properly acknowledge the sacrifice these warriors made for their nation in the name of freedom and liberty.”

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