DNA Tests Used to Identify Dead Soldier from Korean War
    2010-02-25 16:10:35     Xinhua      Web Editor: Liu Donghui
DNA testing has identified the remains of a South Korean soldier believed to be killed during the Korean War, only the third such case using DNA results in South Korea, the defense ministry said Thursday.

The remains have been identified as belonging to the late Pfc. Yang Son-ho, who was 27 years old at the time, after forensic experts at the defense ministry confirmed his DNA information matching those of his 60-year-old daughter, according to the ministry.

"I have no regrets now that I've found my father's remains after having lived the last 60 years without any relatives," Yang's daughter said through a statement.

Yang's remains were discovered in 2007 in Gapyeong, roughly 60 km from Seoul, after the government began a project in 2000 to locate and unearth missing military personnel from the Korean War that lasted from 1950 to 1953.

The ministry said a total of 56 remains have been identified through DNA testing so far, after discovering 4,133 sets of remains since 2000, and that it expects to identify more bodies of war casualties in coming years.

The remains of about 130,000 South Korean soldiers killed in the Korean War are believed to be uncovered, while 8,100 U.S. troops are still missing, the ministry added.


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