Army 1st Lt. Mazzulla accounted for from Korean War

Army 1st Lt. Mazzulla accounted for from Korean War
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Anthony R. Mazzulla. Photo credit DPAA

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army 1st Lt. Anthony R. Mazzulla, 26, of the Bronx, New York, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for May 28, 2020.

In late 1950, Mazzulla was a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Dec. 2, 1950, after a fighting withdrawal near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered.

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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.

To identify Mazzulla’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) and Y chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis.

Mazzulla’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.

Mazzulla will be buried in Cranston, Rhode Island. The date has yet to be determined.