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Snaquebite
08-08-2007, 11:54
NEWS RELEASES from the United States Department of Defense

No. 982-07 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 08, 2007
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Soldier Missing In Action From The Korean War Is Identified


The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

He is Sgt. Frank Bunchuk, U.S. Army, of Medina, N.Y.He will be buried Thursday in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.

Representatives from the Army met with Bunchuk's next-of-kin to explain the recovery and identification process, and to coordinate interment with military honors on behalf of the Secretary of the Army.

In November 1950, Bunchuk was assigned to Company L, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division then occupying a defensive position southwest of Unsan, North Korea near a bend in the Kuryong River known as the Camel's Head.On Nov. 1, parts of two Chinese Communist Divisions struck the 1st Cavalry Division's lines, collapsing the perimeter and forcing a withdrawal.In the process, the 3rd Battalion was surrounded and effectively ceased to exist as a fighting unit.Bunchuk was one of the more than 350 servicemen unaccounted-for from the battle at Unsan.

In 2002, a joint U.S.-Democratic People's Republic of North Korea team, led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), excavated a burial site south of Unsan near the nose of the Camel's Head formed by the joining of the Nammyon and Kuryong rivers.The team recovered human remains.

Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from JPAC and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory also used mitochondrial DNA and dental comparisons in the identification of Bunchuk's remains.

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO web site at www.dtic.mil/dpmo or call (703) 699-1420.

[Web Version: http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=11216]

LibraryLady
08-08-2007, 12:43
It's good to have you home. RIP

Prayers out to your family and brothers in arms.

LL

echoes
08-08-2007, 13:07
Rest In Heavenly Peace, Sir.

Holly

Trip_Wire (RIP)
08-08-2007, 13:37
RIP SGT

HOLLiS
08-08-2007, 14:40
Rest In Peace, Sgt.

Gypsy
08-08-2007, 18:58
Welcome home Sergeant, may you Rest in Peace.

Monsoon65
08-10-2007, 17:56
RIP and welcome home! That sounded like a hell of a fight!

Trip_Wire (RIP)
08-10-2007, 21:35
Yes, it was a helluva a battle! :(

http://www.first-team.us/journals/8th_rgmt/3d_unsan.html