Remains of U.S. soldiers from the Korean War are repatriated

The U.S. military is beginning the painstaking process of analyzing remains from the Korean War now that they are back on American soil after having been handed over by North Korea last week.

Vice President Mike Pence and the top commander of U.S. forces in Asia, Adm. Phil Davidson, received the remains contained in 55 caskets during an emotional and solemn ceremony Wednesday after the caskets arrived by military cargo jets from South Korea.

“They were husbands and fathers, brothers and neighbors — long gone, but never lost to the memory of their loved ones,” Pence said during the ceremony at a military base in Hawaii.

The homecoming comes 65 years after an armistice ended the conflict and after President Donald Trump received a commitment from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at their June summit in Singapore, for their return. (AP)

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<p>Vice President Mike Pence, Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Adm. Phil Davidson, center, and Rear Adm. Jon Kreitz, deputy director of the POW/MIA Accounting Agency, look at transfer cases at a ceremony marking the arrival of the remains believed to be of American service members who fell in the Korean War at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. North Korea handed over the remains last week. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP) </p>
Remains of U.S. soldiers from the Korean War are repatriated

Vice President Mike Pence, Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Adm. Phil Davidson, center, and Rear Adm. Jon Kreitz, deputy director of the POW/MIA Accounting Agency, look at transfer cases at a ceremony marking the arrival of the remains believed to be of American service members who fell in the Korean War at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. North Korea handed over the remains last week. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP)

<p>A woman cries as caskets containing the remains of American servicemen from the Korean War handed over by North Korea arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 1, 2018. (Photo: Hugh Gentry/Reuters) </p>
Remains of U.S. soldiers from the Korean War are repatriated

A woman cries as caskets containing the remains of American servicemen from the Korean War handed over by North Korea arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 1, 2018. (Photo: Hugh Gentry/Reuters)

<p>Flag draped transfer cases with the remains of American soldiers repatriated from North Korea are seen during a repatriation ceremony after arriving to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 1, 2018. (Photo: Ronen Zilberman/ AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Remains of U.S. soldiers from the Korean War are repatriated

Flag draped transfer cases with the remains of American soldiers repatriated from North Korea are seen during a repatriation ceremony after arriving to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 1, 2018. (Photo: Ronen Zilberman/ AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Vice President Mike Pence, right, receives a flag from Navy Rear Adm. Jon Kreitz, deputy director of the POW/MIA Accounting Agency during a visit to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. The flag presented was draped over one of the transfer cases with remains believed to be of American service members who fell in the Korean War. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP) </p>
Remains of U.S. soldiers from the Korean War are repatriated

Vice President Mike Pence, right, receives a flag from Navy Rear Adm. Jon Kreitz, deputy director of the POW/MIA Accounting Agency during a visit to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. The flag presented was draped over one of the transfer cases with remains believed to be of American service members who fell in the Korean War. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP)

<p>Vice President Mike Pence and Admiral Phil Davidson, U.S. Indo-Pacific Commander, honor the remains of U.S. soldiers from the Korean War at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 1, 2018. (Photo: Hugh Gentry/Reuters) </p>
Remains of U.S. soldiers from the Korean War are repatriated

Vice President Mike Pence and Admiral Phil Davidson, U.S. Indo-Pacific Commander, honor the remains of U.S. soldiers from the Korean War at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 1, 2018. (Photo: Hugh Gentry/Reuters)

<p>Military members carry transfer cases from a C-17 at a ceremony marking the arrival of the remains believed to be of American service members who fell in the Korean War at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP) </p>
Remains of U.S. soldiers from the Korean War are repatriated

Military members carry transfer cases from a C-17 at a ceremony marking the arrival of the remains believed to be of American service members who fell in the Korean War at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP)

<p>A U.S. Marine stands at attention as caskets containing the remains of American servicemen from the Korean War handed over by North Korea arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 1, 2018. (Photo: Hugh Gentry/Reuters) </p>
Remains of U.S. soldiers from the Korean War are repatriated

A U.S. Marine stands at attention as caskets containing the remains of American servicemen from the Korean War handed over by North Korea arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 1, 2018. (Photo: Hugh Gentry/Reuters)

<p>Military members carry transfer cases from a C-17 at a ceremony marking the arrival of the remains believed to be of American service members who fell in the Korean War at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP) </p>
Remains of U.S. soldiers from the Korean War are repatriated

Military members carry transfer cases from a C-17 at a ceremony marking the arrival of the remains believed to be of American service members who fell in the Korean War at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP)

<p>Military members carry transfer cases from a C-17 at a ceremony marking the arrival of the remains believed to be of American service members who fell in the Korean War at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP) </p>
Remains of U.S. soldiers from the Korean War are repatriated

Military members carry transfer cases from a C-17 at a ceremony marking the arrival of the remains believed to be of American service members who fell in the Korean War at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP)

<p>U.N. honor guards carry the remains of U.S. servicemen killed in the Korean War and collected in North Korea, onto an aircraft at the Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. (Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Pool Photo via AP) </p>
Remains of U.S. soldiers from the Korean War are repatriated

U.N. honor guards carry the remains of U.S. servicemen killed in the Korean War and collected in North Korea, onto an aircraft at the Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. (Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Pool Photo via AP)

<p>U.N. honor guards carry a casket containing remains transferred by North Korea, at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Aug. 1, 2018. (Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Pool via Reuters) </p>
Remains of U.S. soldiers from the Korean War are repatriated

U.N. honor guards carry a casket containing remains transferred by North Korea, at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Aug. 1, 2018. (Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Pool via Reuters)

<p>Jets fly in formations overhead as U.N. honor guards carry the remains of U.S. servicemen killed in the Korean War and collected in North Korea, onto an aircraft at the Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. (Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Pool Photo via AP) </p>
Remains of U.S. soldiers from the Korean War are repatriated

Jets fly in formations overhead as U.N. honor guards carry the remains of U.S. servicemen killed in the Korean War and collected in North Korea, onto an aircraft at the Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. (Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Pool Photo via AP)

<p>A U.S. soldier salutes during a repatriation ceremony for the remains of U.S. soldiers killed in the Korean War and collected in North Korea, at the Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. (Photo: Jung Yeon-je/Pool Photo via AP) </p>
Remains of U.S. soldiers from the Korean War are repatriated

A U.S. soldier salutes during a repatriation ceremony for the remains of U.S. soldiers killed in the Korean War and collected in North Korea, at the Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. (Photo: Jung Yeon-je/Pool Photo via AP)

<p>Members of the United Nations Command stand at attention upon the arrival of 55 boxes of remains thought to be of U.S. soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War, returned by North Korea to the U.S., during a return ceremony at the Osan Air Base in South Korea, July 27, 2018. (Photo: U.S. Army/ Sgt. Ashley Tyler/Handout via Reuters) </p>
Remains of U.S. soldiers from the Korean War are repatriated

Members of the United Nations Command stand at attention upon the arrival of 55 boxes of remains thought to be of U.S. soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War, returned by North Korea to the U.S., during a return ceremony at the Osan Air Base in South Korea, July 27, 2018. (Photo: U.S. Army/ Sgt. Ashley Tyler/Handout via Reuters)

<p>U.S. soldiers salute to vehicles transporting the remains of 55 U.S. soldiers who were killed in the Korean War at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Friday, July 27, 2018. (Photo: Kim Hong-Ji/Pool Photo via AP) </p>
Remains of U.S. soldiers from the Korean War are repatriated

U.S. soldiers salute to vehicles transporting the remains of 55 U.S. soldiers who were killed in the Korean War at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Friday, July 27, 2018. (Photo: Kim Hong-Ji/Pool Photo via AP)

<p>A soldier carries a casket containing a remain of a U.S. soldier who was killed in the Korean War during a ceremony at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Friday, July 27, 2018. (Photo: Kim Hong-Ji/Pool Photo via AP) </p>
Remains of U.S. soldiers from the Korean War are repatriated

A soldier carries a casket containing a remain of a U.S. soldier who was killed in the Korean War during a ceremony at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Friday, July 27, 2018. (Photo: Kim Hong-Ji/Pool Photo via AP)

<p>U.N. honor guards carry the boxes containing remains believed to be from American servicemen killed during the 1950-53 Korean War on the arrival from North Korea, at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Friday, July 27, 2018. (Photo: Ahn Young-joon, Pool/AP) </p>
Remains of U.S. soldiers from the Korean War are repatriated

U.N. honor guards carry the boxes containing remains believed to be from American servicemen killed during the 1950-53 Korean War on the arrival from North Korea, at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Friday, July 27, 2018. (Photo: Ahn Young-joon, Pool/AP)

<p>A soldier carries a casket containing the remains of a U.S. soldier who was killed in the Korean War during a ceremony at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, July 27, 2018. (Photo: Kim Hong-Ji/Pool/Reuters) </p>
Remains of U.S. soldiers from the Korean War are repatriated

A soldier carries a casket containing the remains of a U.S. soldier who was killed in the Korean War during a ceremony at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, July 27, 2018. (Photo: Kim Hong-Ji/Pool/Reuters)

<p>Crew and officials from the United Nations Command and U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) secure UNC flags over transit cases of remains thought to be of U.S. soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War, before returning them to the United States for further processing and identification, in Wonsan, North Korea, July 27, 2018. Picture taken on July 27, 2018. (Photo: U.S. Forces Korea/Handout via Reuters) </p>
Remains of U.S. soldiers from the Korean War are repatriated

Crew and officials from the United Nations Command and U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) secure UNC flags over transit cases of remains thought to be of U.S. soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War, before returning them to the United States for further processing and identification, in Wonsan, North Korea, July 27, 2018. Picture taken on July 27, 2018. (Photo: U.S. Forces Korea/Handout via Reuters)

<p>Forensic anthropologists from the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) perform a preliminary field review of remains thought to be of U.S. soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War in Wonsan, North Korea, July 27, 2018. Picture taken on July 27, 2018. (Photo: U.S. Forces Korea/Handout via Reuters) </p>
Remains of U.S. soldiers from the Korean War are repatriated

Forensic anthropologists from the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) perform a preliminary field review of remains thought to be of U.S. soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War in Wonsan, North Korea, July 27, 2018. Picture taken on July 27, 2018. (Photo: U.S. Forces Korea/Handout via Reuters)

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