Ministry of National Defense is the nation’s sanctuary


Research & Investigation

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  • Analyze battle records and interview the local residents and the War veterans.
  • Conduct a site exploration and determine the potential recovery sites with high recovery possibility.
    ※ Battle sites exploration, Analysis of surroundings such as foxholes, trenches, and personal artifacts
  • Cooperate with a local government / landowners of the recovery site

Recovery /Collection

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  • Apply forensic archaeological techniques, perform precise recovery skill, and manage database
    ※ Recovery and collection process is done with ultimate courtesy
  • Identification of friend or foe
    ※ Personal artifacts, records, interviews, and analysis of surroundings
  • Casketing in a Paulownia coffin according to the traditional Korean courtesy, draped with a Korean national flag 'Taegeukgi'
    ※ Funeral ceremony is held at a regional scale: hosted by Corps/Division Commander.


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  • Identification of remains: Gender, age, cause of death, racial identification, etc
    ※ Precise identification(Central Identification Laboratory) : Scientific identification with precision equipment .
  • Hold interview sessions with the bereaved family members of the KIA and collect DNA samples
  • Conduct DNA testings: Comparative analysis between the DNAs of the remains and those of the bereaved
    ※ Establish and manage the test results database

Follow-up measures

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    • For Identified remains: cremated and buried in the National Cemetery
    • For Unidentified remains: preserved in the CIL(until identified)
  • Others
    • Allies (UN Forces) remains: repatriates to respective country
    • North Korean remains: temporarily buried / Chinese remains: Repatriation ceremony is held on a annual basis
      ※ buried temporarily in an enemy cemetery as a humanitarian effort