OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea — A rare, solemn silence lingers over a normally bustling flightline. The stillness of the runway temporarily fades as a vehicle slowly bypasses spectators rendering salutes and clutching their hands over their hearts, awaiting troops returning from combat.
Coming to a halt, the automobile unveils six service members, but instead of walking out to fanfare for a heroes’ welcome, these members were transported by pallbearers in a United Nations Command flag wrapped casket and recognized for their ultimate sacrifice: dying from the Korean War in the wake of the conflict’s 70th Anniversary.
Formally called a repatriation ceremony, U.S. Army Col. David Bowlus, UNC chaplain, commemorated their valor before they were loaded onto a Boeing 747.
“Almighty God, we thank you for the distinct honor to return our fallen comrades to their final resting place,” said Bowlus. “Although separated from their countrymen, they were never…
CLICK ON THE TITLE TO READ MORE → [United Nations Command Honors Fallen Korean War Heroes > U.S. Indo-Pacific Command > 2015 ]