Remains of US soldier killed in Korean War identified 72 years after reported missing


The body of a 27-year-old man who died during the Korean War has been documented 72 years after he was reported missing, the US government announced this week.

U.S. Army Colonel Tommy T. Hanks was reported missing on November 26, 1950, after his unit attempted to withdraw from a North Korean location, the Defense Prisoners of War and Missing Persons Accounting Agency (DPAA). Reported. said in a news releaseHis body was declared “unrecoverable” on January 16, 1956, and his name was later recorded in the Missing Persons Court of the American Military Sites Commission at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii. rice field.

U.S. Army Colonel Tommy T. Hanks.

Defense Prisoners of War and Missing Persons Accounting Office

The DPAA said Hanks’ remains are among 55 boxes containing Korean War remains. Given to the United States in July 2018 by North Korea.the box is hand over It was sent to the DPAA Institute for identification after a meeting between then-President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.

the agency said, Methods Used to Identify Remains Anthropological and isotopic and DNA analyses, and circumstantial evidence were included.

Hanks’ body was found on August 2, 2022.

Other recently identified bodies include that of a 19-year-old from Massachusetts. Army Colonel Joseph J. Puopolo and a 19-year-old man from Arizona Pvt.Felix M. YanezBoth men’s bodies were also reported last summer.

Now that Hanks’ remains have been uncovered, a rosette will be placed next to his name in the American War Memorials Commission’s Missing Persons Court. He will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Since 1982, the DPAA has identified the remains of more than 450 Americans who died in the Korean War. Bodies identified by the agency will be returned to their families with full military honors.

According to the agency More than 7,600 Americans who died in the war are still missing. “Hundreds” of those artifacts are classified as “unrecoverable”.

The Korean War is considered the deadliest conflict of the Cold War era, with about 36,500 US casualties, according to the DPAA. That number is over 90% of her non-Korea UN losses.


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Written by Natalia Chi

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