The Men From Chosin
Army Cpl. Joseph Trepasso
In late November 1950, Trepasso was a member of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division on the east side of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, when Chinese People's Volunteer Forces attacked the regiment and forced the unit to withdraw south to the Pungnyuri Inlet, according to the agency.
Many soldiers became surrounded and attempted to escape, but were captured and marched to POW camps. Trepasso was declared missing in action as a result of the battle that occurred Dec. 12, 1950.
Trepasso's name did not appear on any POW list provided by the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces or the Korean People's Army. In 1951, the Army received information that Trepasso was killed in action Dec. 1, 1950. Based on this information, a military review board amended his status to deceased Dec. 1, 1950.
In September 2001, a U.S. and Korean People's Army recovery team conducted a Joint Recovery Operation in the vicinity of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea, based on information provided by two Korean witnesses. During the excavation, the team recovered material evidence and possible human remains for at least seven individuals.