ReutersJOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM (Reuters) — The U.S. military has identified the first two American troops from 55 boxes of human remains from the 1950-53 Korean War that North Korea handed over in July, the agency leading the analysis said on Monday.
The identities are expected to be officially announced in the coming days after the troops’ relatives are informed.
“We will notify the family first,” said John Byrd, director of scientific analysis at the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, as he stood among the remains undergoing review in Hawaii.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has hailed the handover of the remains as evidence of the success of his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June. The White House said on Monday it was looking at scheduling a second meeting.
The identifications will chip away at the 7,699 U.S. troops who the U.S. military says remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. About 5,300 were lost in what is now North Korea.