The remains of a US soldier killed in the Korean War identified

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HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) – Beverly Guliuzza was overcome with a mixture of shock, sadness and relief when military officials told her they had identified the remains of her brother, Benjamin Bazzell, an army corporal who went missing in action during the Korean War. in 1950 when she was only 12 years old.

The notification to Guliuzza, now 84 and living with her family in Everett, Wash., Came last year, seven decades after they last saw her older brother in their hometown of Seymour, Connecticut. The identification was publicly announced Tuesday by the Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency, an arm of the US Department of Defense.

“When I found out about all of this it was just very sad but also very grateful that there was a closure because he had always disappeared in combat and we never knew it,” Guliuzza said during the event. ‘a telephone interview on Wednesday. “When someone is missing in action, it’s like you’re in limbo. My mom never had a shutdown.

Bazzell was just 18 when he was killed on November 30, 1950, when enemy forces attacked his unit in North Korea near the Chosin Reservoir, military officials said. He served with the 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division.

His body could not be found after the battle and remained missing until 2018, when North Korea gave the United States 55 boxes allegedly containing the remains of American servicemen killed in the Korean War. The exchange took place after then-President Donald Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Military officials say they used DNA and anthropological testing, as well as circumstantial evidence examined, to identify Bazzell and 76 other missing servicemen whose remains were in the boxes.

More than 7,500 Americans are still missing from the Korean War. The military has identified the remains of more than 600 Americans who went missing during the war and returned their bodies to their families since 1982, officials said.

Bazzell was among more than 1,000 US troops and Marines killed in fighting near Chosin Reservoir from late November to mid-December in 1950, according to the Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency. They were part of a United Nations force of about 30,000 troops and marines that was overwhelmed by about 120,000 Chinese troops who flocked to North Korea during the war, according to the agency.

Guliuzza has fond memories of her brother, who was nicknamed Benny. She said he was “just a nice, sweet boy” who woke her up late at night when he came home from work at the bowling alley to tell her he had candy.

She said he voluntarily enlisted in the military much to the dismay of their mother, Helen Bazzell, who was no longer the same after his disappearance.

“The effect on my mother was horrible,” said Guliuzza. “It changed the rest of his life. … My mother was a happy person and I remember her hissing always. She stopped. She became a little obsessed with trying to get more information from the military. Mom never gave up, never. She always felt like he would come home.

Guliuzza said his brother will be buried at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington. A date has not been set.


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