DNA Tests Used to Identify Dead Soldier from Korean War

Posted by admin on Feb 25, 2010

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.

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.

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