Remains of American Soldiers from Korean War Returned to United States


North Korea returned on Friday the remains of what is believed to be 55 U.S. servicemen killed during the Korean War.

The return coincided with the 65th anniversary of the 1953 armistice marking the end of fighting between North Korean and Chinese forces and South Korean and U.S.-led forces under the United Nations Command, Fox News reported.

The cases containing the remains arrived onboard a U.S. Air Force cargo plane at Osan Air Base outside of Seoul, South Korea and were each draped in the U.N. flag.

The plane and its crew had flown to Wonsan, North Korea, earlier in the day to retrieve the fallen.

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About 7,700 U.S. soldiers are listed as missing from the Korea War and 5,300 of the remains are believed to still be in North Korea, according to Fox News.

Approximately 36,000 Americans lost their lives during the conflict.

During a news conference on Friday, President Donald Trump thanked North Korea leader Kim Jung Un for living up to the commitment he made during their joint summit in Singapore last month to begin to return the remains of the American missing.

“I want to thank Chairman Kim in front of the media for fulfilling a promise that he made to me,” Trump said. “And I’m sure that he will continue to fulfill that promise as they search and search and search.”

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“These incredible American heroes will soon lay at rest on sacred American soil,” the president stated.

He recounted that numerous times during his 2016 presidential campaign, relatives of the fallen would ask him if he could do something about retrieving the bodies of their loved ones.

The then-candidate recalled telling them it might be tough to fulfill that request given the poor relations between the U.S. and North Korea, but he agreed to try.

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“It’s something that was very important to me,” Trump said.

Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Hawaii to participate in a repatriation ceremony for the missing on August 1.

“Mike Pence, our wonderful Vice President, will be there to greet the families and the remains,” Trump said. “I’ve asked the Vice President and others to just pay a special tribute — and they will do that.”

Defense Department forensic experts in Hawaii will seek to identify the remains, which may take months.

The families of the fallen will then be notified.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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