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Press Release | June 17, 2024

Soldier Accounted for from Korean War (Hardman, K.)

Washington  –  

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Sgt. Kester B. Hardman, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for May 2, 2024.

In April 1951, Hardman was a member of M Company, 3rd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He went missing in action after his unit engaged in intensive combat actions in the vicinity of Sunchon, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Following the armistice in 1953, North Korean forces claimed Sgt. Hardman died in the spring of 1951 while in captivity at POW Camp 5, on the Pyoktong Peninsula. His remains were not identified during or immediately after the war.

To see the most up-to-date statistics on DPAA recovery efforts for those unaccounted for from the Korean War, go to the Korean War Accounting page on the DPAA website at:

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