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A grief stricken American infantryman whose friend has been killed in action is comforted by another soldier. In the background a corpsman methodically fills out casualty tags, Haktong-ni area, Korea. August 28, 1950.
March 8, 2012 12:01 a.m.

About 5,300 U.S. service members are still listed as missing in action in North Korea - 60 years after the conflict ended. But new efforts are set to begin, resuming the search at U.S.-North Korea relations show signs of thawing.

From the Associated Press: "The resumed hunt, with two teams of 30 U.S. members each, will focus on two areas where more than 2,000 soldiers and Marines are recorded as missing: in Unsan County, north of the capital, Pyongyang, and farther north near the Chosin Reservoir ... Maj. Carie Parker, spokeswoman for the Pentagon's Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office, said North Korea would receive about $5.7 million for the first four recovery operations through September. That is compensation for provision of services including labor, fuel, food, transportation, water and security."

A couple ideas:

Find local war veterans to discuss the renewed effort. Talk to local leaders of veterans organizations about the effort.

Use the Korean War casualty databases to research local connections.


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