The Department of Defense
POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today
that the remains of a serviceman, missing in action
from the Korean War, have been identified and will
be returned to his family for burial with full
Army Cpl. Floyd
E. Hooper, 27, of Stratton, Colo., will be buried on
Nov. 13 in his hometown. In February 1951, his
unit, the 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th
Infantry Division, fought against Chinese Communist
forces in support of Operation Thunderbolt, an
operation to sweep and clear enemy forces occupying
areas south of the Han River. Strong enemy forces
supported by artillery fire forced his unit to
withdraw to a defensive perimeter where he was
captured on Feb. 4, 1951, near Yangp’yong, Korea.
After the 1953 armistice, it was learned from
surviving POWs that he had been held in a POW camp
in Suan County, North Korea, and died of
malnutrition and dysentery just a few months
Between 1991 and 1994, North
Korea gave the United States 208 boxes of remains
believed to contain the remains of 200-400
servicemen. North Korean documents turned over with
one of the boxes indicated the remains were exhumed
near Suan County. This location correlates with
Hooper’s last known location.
Analysts from DPMO developed case
leads with information spanning more than 58 years.
Through interviews with surviving POW eyewitnesses,
experts validated circumstances surrounding the
soldier’s captivity and death, confirming wartime
documentation of his loss.
Among other forensic
identification tools and circumstantial evidence,
scientists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command
used dental comparisons and the Armed Forces DNA
Identification Laboratory used mitochondrial DNA –
which matched that of his brother – in the
identification of his remains.
More than 2,000 servicemen died
as prisoners of war during the Korean War. With
this accounting, more than 8,000 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
http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo or call 703-699-1169.