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Donnelly, Young applaud efforts to return remains of Korean War POWs, MIAs

U.S. Sen. Todd Young meets June 28 with Kelly McKeague, director of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

Indiana’s two senators have sent a joint letter to President Donald Trump, welcoming Trump’s recent commitment in Singapore to recover and repatriate the remains of American prisoners of war and service members missing in action from the Korean War.

The list includes 176 Hoosiers, 21 of them from Northwest Indiana.

In their letter, Sens. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat, and Todd Young, a Republican, said, “As a nation, we must help these families bring their loved ones home, and we must honor our commitment to never leave our fallen behind. We applaud your commitment to restart the POW/MIA recovery effort and to finally provide closure for the families that have waited for so long. We are eager to do all we can to help.”

“We applaud your commitment to restart the POW/MIA recovery effort and to finally provide closure for the families that have waited for so long. We are eager to do all we can to help,” they wrote.

A total of 7,697 Americans involved in the Korean War are unaccounted for, they said.

Just last month, the remains of U.S. Army Pfc. David Baker, who had been missing in action since November 1950, were finally buried at Evergreen Memorial Park in Hobart.

In their joint statement in Singapore, President Trump and North Korean President Kim Jong Un said, “The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.”

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Porter County Government Reporter

Senior reporter Doug Ross, an award-winning writer, has been covering Northwest Indiana for more than 35 years, including more than a quarter of a century at The Times.