U.S. soldier Tommie T. Hanks, killed in Korean War, is lastly accounted for


He was killed on the battlefield aged simply 27 whereas combating within the Korean War in 1950. Now, 72 years later, U.S. Military Cpl. Tommie T. Hanks has lastly been recognized and accounted for.

Cpl. Hanks was initially from Fort Value, Texas, and was reported lacking in motion on Nov. 26, 1950, after his unit was attacked by the enemy because it tried to withdraw from east of the Ch’ongch’on River close to Anju in North Korea, in accordance with an announcement from the Protection POW/MIA Accounting Company (DPAA) this week.

“Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered,” the DPAA mentioned, and Hanks was declared “nonrecoverable” on Jan. 16, 1956.

Nevertheless, following a historic assembly between former president Donald Trump and North Korean chief Kim Jong Un in June 2018, Pyongyang turned over 55 packing containers to U.S. authorities that “purported to contain the remains of American service members killed during the Korean War.”

The stays have been taken to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, the place DPAA laboratory consultants labored to determine the people. Scientists “used anthropological and isotope analysis” in addition to DNA proof to determine Hanks.

His physique was lastly accounted for in August 2022, the DPAA mentioned, and it discovered “no evidence that he was ever a prisoner of war.”

Cpl. Hanks is assumed to have joined the U.S. Military from Georgia and served in E Firm, 2nd Battalion, twenty fourth Infantry Regiment, twenty fifth Infantry Division, it added.

His title was beforehand recorded on the Nationwide Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, together with others who’re nonetheless lacking from the Korean War. Now, the DPAA mentioned a “rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.”

Hanks is because of be buried at Arlington Nationwide Cemetery within the close to future.

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The Korean War passed off from 1950 to 1953 and noticed Soviet-backed North Korea invade newly fashioned South Korea, a rustic established after World War II with the assist of the USA and United Nations.

It resulted in a civilian demise toll of greater than 3 million Koreans. The combatant demise toll was additionally devastating for the 2 Koreas and China, which misplaced not less than 180,000 troopers, and the USA, which suffered about 33,000 deaths.

But the battle is commonly described as America’s “forgotten war,” with veterans expressing frustration, borne of the notion that their army service is appreciated extra abroad than at dwelling by fellow Individuals.

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In accordance with the DPAA, the stays of over 450 Individuals killed within the struggle have been recognized and returned to households for burial “with full military honors” since 1982. That is along with the roughly 2,000 Individuals whose stays have been recognized within the years instantly following the top of hostilities.

Nevertheless, over 7,500 U.S. troopers are “still unaccounted-for from the Korean War, hundreds of whom are believed to be in a ‘non-recoverable’ category,” it mentioned.

Identification is difficult as “cases from Korea represent highly commingled human remains involving thousands of missing persons from varied proveniences,” in accordance with the continued government-backed Korean War Identification Venture, which works with historians, scientists and households within the hope of figuring out extra slain troopers.

Andrew Jeong contributed to this report.

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