South Korea To Hand Over Apparent US War Remains



Salon Staff
February 2, 2012 3:00PM (UTC)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says it will hand over to the United States what are believed to be the remains of an American soldier killed in the early days of the 1950-53 Korean War.

The Defense Ministry says the remains were excavated last year on a hill in the southern county of Yeongi, where U.S. troops fought invading North Korean troops in July 1950.

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The ministry said Thursday an initial investigation together with U.S. officials found that the remains are likely to be those of a U.S. soldier.

It said the remains will be sent to a U.S. office in Hawaii to determine their identify.

The ministry says 36,940 U.S. soldiers died and about 3,740 are missing from the Korean War.

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The U.S. fought on the South Korean side during the war.


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