On January 13, 2017, With Full Military Honors, The Body

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On January 13, 2017, with full military honors, the body of Corporal Luis P. Torres, who went missing in the Korean War and presumed dead in early 1954, was finally laid to reset at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. The belated funeral was a relief to his family. Until last year, Luis’ brother had prayed for his miraculous return. Their mother firmly believed that Luis would return alive as his body was not found. His nephew has contacted with authorities and POW (prisoner of war)/MIA(missing in action) organizations for over a decade to collect information to facilitate the search for his uncle. With the positive identification of Luis Torres’ remains, the Torres family was able to trace Luis’ whereabouts in the last six decades.…show more content…
Historians are also interested in the reasons for the debacle of Torres’ company in the summer of 1950, as it contributes to the unending analysis of the U.S. military tactics and battles during the Korean War. Moreover, Torres’ brief capture and tragic execution added fuel to the claims of the ordeals and “brainwashing” of American POWs in Korea. They not only lead to dozens of documentaries and propaganda films, but also a considerable number of books published by journalists and POW/MIA activists. In recent years, some balanced, primary-sources based studies are also available in academia. These books provide insights of how the Korean War changed American perceptions of being a POW and intimated why the country was reluctant to remember the returned prisoners and the war. However, there are more groups of intriguing questions to ask from the Torres’ story. First of all, why was his remains kept in the “Punchbowl” without his family’s request rather than in a memorial cemetery in South Korea like the U.S. soldiers resting in Meuse-Argonne after WWI, or the sacrificed servicemen in Ardennes or Manila after WWII? Secondly, how was Torres’ body recovered after he was declared missing? How did the U.S. military or government persuade both Koreas to return or help to recover the remains of other American MIAs in

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