To the Editor:

As the 66th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice is celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Greater Danbury Area Korean War Veterans Memorial, let us all pause and reflect upon the sacrifices of our Korean War veterans, our Korean War POW/MIAs and their families.

It has been one year since President Donald Trump met with North Korean Leader Kim Jung Un and North Korea returned 55 boxes of remains to U.S. officials.

To date, six identifications have been made from the 55 boxes: Army MSgt. Charles H. McDaniel, Army Pfc. William H. Jones, Army Sgt. Frank J. Suliman, Army Cpl. Earl H. Markle, Army Cpl. Billy J. Butler , and Army Cpl. Charles S. Lawlor.

Of the additional 34 identified remains returned to families for burial since last July, 21 remains had been disinterred from the Punchbowl.

Thanks to POW son John Zimmerlee, Korean War POW/MIA family members had requested the disinterment of specific graves which could possibly be their loved ones based upon John’s research.

Announced in late 2018, the DPAA now has a multi-year plan to disinter, in phases, all 652 Korean War Unknowns from the Punchbowl.

In addition to the identification of remains, focus must also be upon those Last Known Alive cases from the Korean War as well as those who were buried in prison camps and still remain in North Korean soil.

Kathy Shemeley

President

POW/MIA CT Forget-Me-Nots, Inc.