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First-Ever United States and the Republic of Korea Joint Repatriation Ceremony
210922-A-NI330-219.JPG Photo By: Staff Sgt. Michael ONeal

HONOLULU, Hawaii - U.S. and Republic of Korea service members conduct honors during a joint repatriation ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Sept. 22, 2021. The purpose of the ceremony was to transfer the remains and commemorate the service of 68 fallen South Korean soldiers who fought alongside U.S. and United Nations forces during the Korean War. The remains were analyzed jointly by the DPAA laboratory and scientists with the Republic of Korea's Ministry of National Defense Agency for KIA Recovery and Identification (MAKRI). Working cooperatively, they concluded that the 68 individual remains are of South Korean origin, though the remains haven’t been individually identified.


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