Unlike previous wars,
the GRS had not been disbanded. At the start
of the Korean War, the GRS was operational
and ready to process casualties. This war
was different from wars fought in the past.
Battle lines changes quickly, sometimes as
much as 100 miles in a week. The old system
of following the troops and establishing
cemeteries was not effective. Due to the
movement of the front, cemeteries would
often end up behind enemy lines. The U. S.
Military would find itself fighting battles
to regain cemeteries long enough to evacuate
the bodies further south. Shortly into the
conflict, General McArthur ordered all
cemeteries evacuated and moved to Tanggok,
an extreme southern location. Tanggok's
location allowed for easy access to Japan.
Once processing facilities in Japan were
constructed, bodies would no longer be
buried and shipped later. Now they could be
identified and shipped home in a miraculous
30 days. This was a vast improvement over
the 2 to 6 years it took in World War II.
This became possible to the dedication of
air assets for evacuation and shipping. With
advances in technology, the GRS could see
the possibility of all war dead being
returned home. "All will come home", became
their motto. On May 30th, 1958 an unknown
was selected from both World War II and
Korea and interred in Arlington National