October 26, 2018 09:49
The remains of two South Korean soldiers who were killed during the Korean War have been discovered in the demilitarized zone in Cheorwon, Gangwon Province.
Demining operations are underway in the DMZ ahead of a joint-Korean excavation of remains of the war dead.
But the Defense Ministry has already discovered the remains of the two soldiers there, which was the site of fierce battles during the war, a spokesman said Thursday. It also retrieved a dog tag showing the name Pak Je-kwon, an M1 bayonet and M1 bullets.
The search team identified the owner of the dog tag as a sergeant from the 2nd Infantry Division of the South Korean Army. Records show that he was born in 1931, the eldest of five siblings and enlisted in the Army in March 1952. He is thought to have been killed on July 10, 1953.
South Korea's 2nd Infantry Division and the 9th U.S. Army Corps were engaged in fierce battles on two occasions on June 29-30 and on July 6-11, 1953.
The ministry is going to confirm his identity from DNA samples from two of his surviving sisters.
Some 200 South Korean soldiers and 100 American and French soldiers are still believed to be buried in this area.
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