The Homecoming of PFC John Albert Shelemba (November 2-4, 2021)
PFC (Private First Class) John Albert Shelemba of Hamtramck, Michigan went missing in action on July 20, 1950 during the fierce battle of Taejon during the beginning of the Korean War (1950-1953). Unidentified remains known as X-251 Taejon were finally identified in 2019 by the Korean War Identification Project of the DPAA (Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency) as PFC John Albert Shelemba. Over 70 years after he first went missing, on November 4, 2021, PFC Shelemba was finally laid to rest. This video shows is return to Michigan from the labs of the DPAA in Honolulu, Hawaii.
There are 2 podcast episodes that are focused on the story of Pfc John Shelemba. They are to your right and include Dr. Jennie Jin of the DPAA who identified Pfc Shelemba, as well as family member, Michele Vance. The podcasts are episodes of "The Virtues of Peace," an initiative of The Cora di Brazzà Foundation. To learn more click the banner to the left. Subscribe at your favorite podcast provider below. Other podcasts concerning the story of Newk Grubb, and the activism of his wife, Evelyn are available here.
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