The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today
that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, Have been
identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
Army Sgt. Bobby R. King, 19, of Seymour, Texas, will be buried on Dec. 7, in Dallas. In
August 1950, King and his unit, Battery A, 90th Field Artillery Battalion, were fighting against
North Korean forces in a battle known as the “Bloody Gulch,” near Pongam-ni, South Korea.
After the battle, on Aug. 12, King was listed as missing in action.
In late 1950, U.S. Army Graves Registration Service personnel recovered remains of
service members from that battlefield, including nine men who were unidentified. These men
were buried at the 25th Infantry Division Cemetery in Masan, South Korea. In 1951, the U.S.
consolidated cemeteries on the peninsula and the remains were sent to the U.S. Army’s Central
Identification Unit in Kokura, Japan, to determine whether they could be identified. When
scientific analysis determined an identification wasn’t possible, King’s remains were transferred
to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii and re-interred as “unknown.”
In 2011, due to advances in identification technology, analysts from DPMO and Joint
POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) reevaluated the information associated with the
remains interred in Hawaii and concluded that if exhumed they could likely be identified. Based
on available evidence such as metal identification tags, military clothing, and wartime records,
analysts confirmed that the remains were a soldier who died at Pongam-ni.
The remains were exhumed and scientists from JPAC successfully identified King using
circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools such as radiograph comparison and
For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for missing
Americans, visit the DPMO web site at http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo or call (703) 699-1169.