The summit between President Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un has ignited much speculation, guarded optimism and irrational derision from the hate all things Trump, even if it means an exchange of nukes and disaster crowd.
The diplomatic – military – politico pragmatist view is lacking from all media opinion broadcasters. They are misrepresenting what is unfolding, what are the ramifications at hand, and have not thought through just what the intended or unintended outcomes may be by action or inaction.
Permit me to focus on a narrow, self serving aspect of what may be gained in the course of these high stakes negotiations of give and take. Something that not one of the opinion pundits have uttered, because respect for and honor of our soldiers are evidently absent. Perhaps it was lost amidst the ardor of their De Niro vulgarity tirades. They failed to truly embrace the announced repatriation of the remains of our fallen soldiers on the Missing In Action list that are buried in North Korea, in unmarked graves, some estimate over 7,000. They are due and owing all honors we as nation must render to them. So let me very clear. We want them all back now. This is a big deal.
Every American should be rooting for the President’s success based on this prospect alone. Not one former Administration has come close to ever accomplish this since the cease fire in 1953.
Hundreds of soldiers from the 65th Infantry Regiment of Puerto Rico were captured and died while in captivity. The casualty list is painful and will bring tears to your eyes when you realize their remains are still captive in North Korea. The 65th Infantry Regiment of Puerto Rico [The Borinqueneers] own the sole distinction of conducting what became the last battalion sized bayonet charge in U.S. military history on February 2, 1951.
In 2014, the Regiment was awarded the highest honor the people of the United States may bestow; The Congressional Gold Medal. They joined the elite company of recipients to include; the Tuskeegee Airmen, Navajo Code-Talkers, Nisei Japanese – American unit, among others, for their gallantry in battle. The Congressional Gold Medal was presented in a White House Ceremony June 10th. The “Borinqueneers” exhibited extraordinary valor in combat to the degree that they were lauded by General MacArthur, who himself visited the unit to personally decorate the Puerto Rican soldiers under his command by his own hand. A high honor indeed.
It is the request and duty of the 65th Infantry Honor Task Force, Chaired by this author, that a representative delegation be included in the repatriation process. We strive along with every American to repatriate them all. We wish to bear witness that they are received with all due dignity and rendered full military honors, and recommend they be transported by an honor guard cortege to American soil.
It is my further suggestion, as a former member of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment [The Old Guard], that a contingent of the Commander-in-Chief’s Guard be a leading visible platoon deployed to escort these remains and stand vigil over them as is the ancient custom of soldiers since before the time of Alexander the Great.
We understand the process will require heavy monetary resources and skilled professionals to undertake the tedious task at hand. Additionally, a DNA team must be deployed to gather mitochondrial samples from living relatives to create a data base for cross referencing and matching the unknowns to their family. So what! We had better not hear a peep about the money or we can redirect the funds given to Mueller to pay for this instead. Mueller can make a go-fund – me page if he must. We had better not have to.
If any American citizen or elected official object to these requests, as is the right of any free citizen, let them be reminded, that the first credo and oath of honor, promised to every military member, by each other, to each other, be they a 5 Star American Commander or foot soldier, irrespective of rank or privilege; “We leave no man behind.”
Again, be reminded, there are over 7,000 MIA/KIA’s buried in North Korea. We want them all back and their honor restored. President Trump is keeping that promise. On this he deserves all of our support and wishes for success.