Fifty-five More Korean War Remains Returned to US
A US Military plane landed at OSAN Air Base in South Korea on Friday carrying the Korean War remains of what are believed to be 55 US military personnel. The transfer occurred exactly 65 years after the armistice was signed that ended the Korean War.
It is believed that the North Koreans have hundreds more remains of American servicemen in their possession, as we previously reported. Now, with 55 new sets of remains, the job becomes identification to make sure they actually are Americans. That process could take some time. But it’s a hopeful sign that things are movning forward.
“At their historic meeting in Singapore, President Donald J. Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un took a bold first step to achieve the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, transform relations between the United States and North Korea, and establish enduring peace. Today, the Chairman is fulfilling part of the commitment he made to the President to return our fallen American service members. We are encouraged by North Koreas actions and the momentum for positive change.” White House Statement
North Korea began dismantling parts of it Sohae test site between July 20-22, according to satellite images from 38 North. But so far, the locations being destroyed or dismantled have been relatively tangental to their nuclear capabilites, say the analysts.
Whether or not they are complying with the agreements made during the Summit, the repatriation of the remains means a great deal to the families of those lost in the war. As one Twitter user stated,
“Don’t mock or downplay the importance of the recovery of the remains of Americans from the Korean War because it’s Trump. You don’t have to swing at every pitch. It’s ok to let some go by. This is important to a lot of people. Respectful silence is ok.” @Drew_McCoy
A soldier carries a casket containing remains of a U.S. soldier who was killed in the Korean War during a ceremony at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, on July 27, 2018. https://t.co/51FO0wtfpX pic.twitter.com/f1RMh515cw
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 27, 2018
North Korea has handed over what are believed to be the remains of US troops killed during the Korean War.
— CNN (@CNN) July 27, 2018
LATEST: UN Command says remains of 55 American service members from the Korean War were returned by North Korea.
— ABC News (@ABC) July 27, 2018
#breaking First video of US Air Force plane bringing 55 sets of Korean War remains, believed to be Americans, from North Korea. Each box, draped with the UN flag, could’ve been a son, husband, father… (📹 Jungeun Kim) pic.twitter.com/7ta1rzMniE
— Will Ripley (@willripleyCNN) July 27, 2018
A military aircraft carrying the possible remains of U.S. soldiers killed in the Korean War arrived at Osan air base. pic.twitter.com/UkN5c8makG
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) July 27, 2018
North Korea has returned the remains of what are believed to be US servicemen killed during the 1950-53 Korean War
— Sky News (@SkyNews) July 27, 2018