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March, 21, 2014
SOLDIER MISSING FROM KOREAN WAR ACCOUNTED FOR
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today
that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
Army Cpl. Cristobal Romo, 19, of San Diego, will be buried March 22, in Riverside, Calif. In November 1950, Romo was a member of Company L, 31st Infantry Regiment, operating along the eastern banks of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. From Nov. 27 – Dec. 1, 1950, the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces overran U.S. positions and U.S. troops were forced to withdraw south along Route 5 to more defensible positions. Following the battle, Romo was one of many men reported missing in action.
In September 2004, a joint U.S./Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea (D.P.R.K.) team excavated a site south of the Pungnyuri-gang inlet of the Chosin Reservoir, and recovered human remains. The remains were sent to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) for analysis.
From 2005 to 2012, the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL) continued to conduct DNA analysis on recovered remains in the vicinity of Romo’s loss. As technology advanced they were able to identify Romo.
To identify Romo’s remains, scientists from JPAC and AFDIL used circumstantial
evidence and forensic identification tools, including mitochondrial DNA that matched Romo’s sister and nephew, and autosomal DNA that also matched his sister.