American forensic scientists are poring over the remains of more than 50 U.S. troops from the Korean War. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon yesterday afternoon, Doctor John Byrd noted that that the North Koreans did an excellent job of preparing the remains for shipment to Hawaii.
He also called himself guardedly optimistic that all the remains can be identified for families. Maybe there's a reason to be – as two soldiers have been identified and their funerals have been scheduled: Army Corporal Terrell Fuller of Toccoa, Georgia and Army Sergeant William Larkins of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Their remains were returned in the 1990s, and 2000s respectively.
Defense Department official Kelly McKeague says the U.S. is talking with North Korea about sending teams to the North to search for additional remains.
About the Soldiers Found…
Army Cpl. Terrell J. Fuller of Toccoa, Georgia. In February 1951, Fuller was a member of Company D, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, supporting Republic of Korea Army attacks against units of the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces (CPVF) in an area known as the Central Corridor in South Korea. After enduring sustained enemy attacks, the American units withdrew to Wonju, South Korea. It was during this withdrawal that Fuller was reported missing. He was 20.
Army Sgt. William A. Larkins of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. accounted for on May 4, 2017, will be buried Aug. 10 in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania. In late November 1950, Larkins was a member of A Battery, 503rd Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, fighting off persistent Chinese attacks in the Ch’ongch’on River region of North Korea. Through a series of attacks, the Chinese Communist Forces (CCF) pressed 2ID units into local withdrawals to avoid being outflanked. On the night of Nov. 25, 1950, the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces (CPVF) began relentless attacks, which continued until the end of the month. On Dec. 1,1950, the 503rd FA BN began their movement down the Main Supply Route under continuous enemy mortar, small arms and machine gun fire, toward the town of Sunchon, where Larkins was reported missing in action. He was also 20.