– We all heard about him and know his history and that he is a war hero. We’ve always hoped to find him . Richard Graham, Popolo’s nephew, tells the news agency AP.
Poupolo’s sister is still alive. The family did not imagine that the 99-year-old woman – who last saw her brother when she was in her twenties – would experience finding her brother’s remains.
“For her it was as if he had died again,” Graham told the news agency.
The Korean War began in 1950 between communist forces in the North and Western-backed forces in the South on the Korean Peninsula.
The Soviet Union and China supported the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea led by Kim Il Sung and the North Korean army. According to the British newspaper, The Guardian, the United States and many other Western countries have supported the Republic of Korea and the South Korean army. The great Norwegian encyclopedia.
To this day, only a ceasefire agreement exists between the two parties – known as North Korea and South Korea.
Poupolo served as an artillery commander in the US Eighth Army engaged in battles during the war. The Associated Press wrote that he was reported missing as early as 1950.
In 1953, four released POWs announced that the 19-year-old had died in a concentration camp in February 1951. Popolo’s remains were never found.
Another 69 years would pass before the fate of the artillery was confirmed.
In 2019, unknown remnants of the Korean War were discovered. With the help of modern DNA analyzes, as well as analyzes of dental groups, the remains of Poupolo were found. This is what the US military tells the Associated Press.
The family is now planning to hold a funeral for Popoulos in a month or two in his hometown of Massachusetts, the news agency writes.
– We haven’t forgotten him, says my nephew.
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