Operation GLORY
(summarized from the 50th Anniversary Korean War website)

In July 1954, the U.S. Graves Registration Division, UN, and 8th Army agreed with the Allied & communist Officials that an exchange of military war dead would commence on 1 September 54 and end no later than 30 October, if possible. Implementation of Korean Communications Zone (KCOMZ) Op Plan 14-54 better known as "Operation GLORY" was put into effect on 22 July 1954.

On 30 August 1954, the disinterment of all enemy deceased military personnel was completed, and all remains delivered and stored at "Glory Railhead," near Munsan-Ni, Korea. At 0930 the next day (September 1st) the Chief of KCOMZ Graves Registration Division met his North Korean counterpart at the reception area within the demilitarized zone, and received the first 200 remains of deceased UN military personnel.

The exchange of deceased military personnel between the United Nations in South Korea, and the communists in North Korea, continued daily, except Sundays, until 21 September 1954. On that day North Korean representatives turned over 123 remains, and advised UN Graves Registration officials that there were no more to be delivered. The United Nations group continued delivering enemy deceased until 11 October. A final tally showed that 4,023 UN deceased personnel had been received from the North Koreans, and that 13,528 had been delivered to them.

At the last formal meeting on October 11th, both sides agreed to continue searching in remote areas, and if additional remains were discovered, they would be returned prior to the end of the month, if possible. The UN Chief of the Graves Registration Committee further advised the North Koreans that the exchange facilities would be left standing for as long as was felt necessary.

For their part the North Koreans announced that they had disinterred 78 more bodies, which they forwarded to UN officials the next day (October 12th). Then again 66 additional remains were handed over on November 9th. This brought to 4,167 the total number of United Nations deceased military personnel turned over by the North Koreans during Operation GLORY.

(Editor-webmaster) Along with the bodies, our Government was given a list of 1,934 names associated with them.  Oddly, 239 names on that list match names on the still-missing list of 8177. If the Operation Glory list came from Chinese/North Korean transmittal forms, there must be some validity that these men or their bodies were controlled by communists forces. It should be assumed, therefore, that these 239 men were not just missing, but died in enemy hands and their families should be at least notified that their names appeared on this list produced in September 1954.