U.S. identifies more remains of American troops killed during Korean War

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UPDATED 10:57 AM PT — Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Forensic anthropologists with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) are currently combing through more than 50 boxes of Korean War remains, which Kim Jong-un handed over last year. The transfer was a sign of successful negotiation. However, the recovery of U.S. soldiers killed between 1950 and 1953 has been slow.

Sandwiched in between WWII and Vietnam, the battle has earned the title “The Forgotten War.” According to the Department of Defense, over 5,000 Americans remain unaccounted for.

The remains of Cpl. John G. Krebs are taken out of a hearse at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling, Ill., Friday, May 17, 2019. A hero’s ceremony was afforded Krebs, from Illinois, who was killed during the Korean War and nearly 70-years later buried next to his twin, who was killed during the same battle. (Michael Krabbenhoeft /The Daily Gazette via AP)

Recently, however, families have been restored with hope. On Tuesday, Pentagon officials announced two more American troops were identified at the Pearl Harbor Hickam military base. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan traveled to the facility in Hawaii to thank the team for their work.

The transfer of remains was temporarily suspended after the second U.S.-North-Korean summit ended abruptly with no agreement reached. The accounting effort has continued despite stalled denuclearization talks between Pyongyang and Washington.

In the meantime, identities of the troops will not be released until all families are notified.

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