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Hundreds of Calif. US Service Members Still Unaccounted for From Korean War

Most of the missing Americans died in major battles or as prisoners of war, according to the DoD

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    Hundreds of Calif. US Service Members Still Unaccounted for From Korean War
    Jeff Herrera, NBC 7
    Roses are left on the headstones of graves at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery in San Diego on Monday, May 29, 2016.

    Of the nearly 7,800 United States service members who remain unaccounted for from the Korean War, 593 were from California, according to the Department of Defense. 

    During a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore Tuesday, the leaders committed to recovering and returning the remains of identified U.S. military personnel missing in action and presumed dead from the Korean War. 

    Most of the missing Americans died in major battles or as prisoners of war, according to the Pentagon's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

    The commitment was one of the most tangible outcomes of the meeting between the two leaders and could mean that some of the 593 California military personnel who went missing during the Korean War may come home. 

    Efforts to recover and return the remains have been stalled for more than a decade because of the North's development of nuclear weapons.

    Data from the DoD shows that, so far, 30 California servicemembers have been recovered since the war. 

    Last January, U.S. Army Major Jack Griffith, who was a Prisoner of War during the Korean War, was returned to San Diego to be buried with full military honors after his remains were identified in Hawaii.

    And in September 2017, a soldier who went missing during the Korean War was returned to Los Angeles 15 years after his remains were identified from a Korean gravesite. 

    See the full list of California U.S. military personnel missing in action here.

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