WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Defense POW/MIA
Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a
serviceman missing from the Korean War have been identified and will be
returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
Army Cpl. David J. Wishon Jr. of Baltimore
will be buried May 6 in Arlington National Cemetery. On Dec. 1, 1950,
Wishon, assigned to Medical Company, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th
Infantry Division, was declared missing in action after his unit was
heavily attacked by enemy forces in the vicinity of the Chosin
Reservoir, North Korea. Due to a prolonged lack of information regarding
his status, a military review board amended his status to deceased in
Between 1990 and 1994, North Korea returned
to the United States 208 boxes of commingled human remains, which when
combined with remains recovered during joint recovery operations in
North Korea, included the remains of at least 600 U.S. servicemen who
fought during the war. North Korean documents included in the
repatriation indicated that some of the remains were recovered from the
area where Wishon was believed to have died.
Additionally, in October 2000, a joint
U.S./North Korea recovery team recovered human remains from an alleged
burial site in Kujang, North Korea.
To identify Wishon's remains, scientists
from DPAA and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used
circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools, consisting of
two forms of DNA analysis, including mitochondrial DNA and Y-chromosome
Short Tandem Repeat DNA, which matched his sisters.
Today, 7,819 Americans remain unaccounted
for from the Korean War. Using advances in technology, identifications
continue to be made from remains that were previously turned over by
North Korean officials or recovered by American teams.
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