The remains of a U.S. soldier believed to have been captured by Chinese forces in North Korea in December 1950 and later died in a prisoner-of-war camp have been identified, officials said Thursday.
The soldier, Sgt. Frank Julius Suliman, is the third American servicemember to be identified from among 55 boxes of bones and other material that the North Korean government handed over to the United States last summer. Efforts to identify them are led by a Defense Department laboratory in Hawaii.
The Pentagon said Suliman, a member of the 9th Infantry Regiment of the 2nd Infantry Division, was from New Jersey, but it did not immediately have more detailed information such as his hometown or date of birth. His remains were identified on Jan. 15.
The return of unspecified numbers of Korean War remains was among commitments made by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during his summit meeting with President Donald Trump in June. Kim also agreed to “work toward” denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, but efforts to move that deal toward an elimination of the North’s nuclear weapons have been stalled. A follow-up summit is expected to be held next month.