The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the
remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and
are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
Army Cpl. Primo C. Carnabuci, 19, of Old Saybrook, Conn., will be buried May 12 in his
hometown. On Nov. 1, 1950, Carnabuci’s unit, the 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division,
occupied a defensive position along the Kuryong River, near Unsan, North Korea. Chinese units
attacked the area and forced a withdrawal. Almost 600 men, including Carnabuci, were reported
missing or killed in action following the battle.
In 2000, a joint U.S-Democratic People’s Republic of Korea team, led by the Joint
POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), excavated a mass grave discovered earlier in Unsan
County, south of the area known as “Camel’s Head.” The team recovered remains of at least five
individuals as well as military clothing.
Analysts from DPMO and JPAC developed case leads with information spanning more
than 58 years. They evaluated the circumstances surrounding the soldier’s death and researched
wartime documentation on the movements of U.S. and enemy forces on the battlefield.
Among forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from JPAC
used dental comparisons and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used
mitochondrial DNA – which matched that of Carnabuci’s brother—in the identification.
With this identification, 7,997 service members still remain missing from the conflict.
For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for missing
Americans, visit the DPMO web site at www.dtic.mil/dpmo or call (703) 699-1420.