Families to receive identified Korean War remains

Kaylah Jackson
August 02, 2018 - 4:42 pm

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Apryl Hall)


The remains of two Korean War service members have been identified and will be returned and buried in their respective towns with full military honors.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency reported Thursday, the families of Army Cpl. Terrell J. Fuller and Army Sgt. William A. Larkins, will finally receive their service member’s remains.

Terrell who was accounted for in April, will be buried in his hometown of Toccoa, Georgia on August 11. Larkins, accounted for this past May, will be buried on August 10 in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania.

 “DPAA is grateful to the government and people of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and looks forward to the continued fulfillment of the commitment made by President Trump and Chairman Kim on the return and recovery of U.S. service members in North Korea,” the agency stated in a press release.

North Korea returned 208 boxes of human remains to the U.S. between 1990 and 1994, and on June 12 North Korea provided 55 boxes of service member’s remains to the United States. Today, there are still 7,761 Americans that remain unaccounted for.

Thanks to scientists from the DPAA, the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System, the remains of both service members were identified using mitochondrial (mtDNA), Y-chromosome (Y-STR) DNA analysis, dental, anthropological, and circumstantial and material evidence.

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