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News | Sept. 29, 2017

Soldier Captured During The Korean War Accounted For (Uurtamo, S.)

Army Maj. Stephen T. Uurtamo, captured during the Korean War, has now been accounted for.

In late November 1950, Uurtamo was a member of Headquarters Battery, 82nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, which was engaged in persistent attacks with the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces (CPVF) near the Ch’ongch’on River in North Korea. On Nov. 30, 1950, the Division began to withdraw south along the Main Supply Route, known as “The Gauntlet.” Uurtamo was declared missing in action as of Dec. 1, 1950, when he could not be accounted for by his unit. After the Korean War, several returning prisoners of war reported that Uurtamo had been captured and died at a POW Transit Camp.

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days prior to scheduled funeral services.

Uurtamo’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

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