S. Korea invites families of MIA Korean War soldiers to Seoul for closure

November 10, 2015

By Brian Han

Over 8,000 U.S. soldiers who fought during the Korean War went missing in action (MIA) leaving spouses, children and siblings wondering for decades what might have happened.

For many, it meant that the possibility of seeing a loved one lost in the war never truly faded even if it seemed more than unlikely.

Seoul-born volunteer Sunny Kim became inspired by the contributions the U.S. made in helping South Korea become the country it became today.

“If you’re in a burning car and somebody saved your life, don’t you feel that they are a hero that you pay back for the rest of your life?”  she said in an interview with CBS. “I feel like that.”

She reached out to South Korea’s government and received funding to arrange a trip to bring siblings and spouses of two dozen soldiers who went MIA to the country where they were last seen.

Not only were the lives of those who served commemorated, but the visitors were surprised to find out that the itinerary also included a celebration of South Korean culture.