Army Sgt. DeWitt accounted for from Korean War

Army Sgt. DeWitt accounted for from Korean War
Korean War Veterans Color Guards march on the ground of the Korean War Veterans Memorial during a ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial. Photo credit Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Sgt. Stanley L. DeWitt, 18, of Royal City, Indiana, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for June 5, 2020.

In late 1950, DeWitt was a member of Medical Detachment, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Dec. 6, 1950, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered.

On July 27, 2018, following the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un in June 2018, North Korea turned over 55 boxes, purported to contain the remains of American service members killed during the Korean War.

The remains arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii on Aug. 1, 2018, and were subsequently accessioned into the DPAA laboratory for identification.

Army Sgt. DeWitt accounted for from Korean War
Photo credit DPAA

To identify DeWitt’s remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

DeWitt’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with the others who are still missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

DeWitt will be buried in his hometown. The date has yet to be determined.