Korea Club | North Korea & Missing American Korean War Servicemen

Date & Time: 
Thu, 03/09/2017 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Korea Club 

Thursday | March 9, 2017
6:30pm - 9:00pm


North Korea and the Mission to Account for America's Missing Korean War Servicemen


Guest Speaker:

Col. Ashton Ormes (USA Ret.)


Woo Lae Oak Korean Restaurant
8240 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA


Ashton Ormes is a retired U.S. Army colonel, a Northeast Asia Foreign Area Officer, and a former civilian member of the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO).  He first became involved in the mission to account for America’s missing Korean War servicemen, and initiatives to win North Korean cooperation in this effort, while serving in the United Nations Command component of the Military Armistice Commission (UNCMAC) in Panmunjom, Korea from 1986 to 1988.  Returning to Panmunjom from 1995 to 1997 as the UNCMAC Secretary, he participated in negotiations leading to joint US/DPRK operations in North Korea that began in 1996, ended in 2005, and recovered the remains of 229 missing men.  From 2000 to 2005, as the Director of Research and Analysis for DPMO, he took part in negotiations with North Korean representatives and traveled to North Korea six times to observe remains recovery operations in North and South Pyongan Provinces and in South Hamgyong Province.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Virginia Military Institute, a Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University, and is a graduate of both the Republic of Korea Army College and the U.S. Army War College.




Reception will begin at 6:30pm, followed by dinner at 7:00 pm, and the speaker’s presentation and Q & A session. The program will conclude at 9:00 pm. The cost of the dinner is $25.00, payable at the door by either check or cash.

RSVP is required for this program. Seating is limited. To register for this program or for further questions, please e-mail your confirmation to Sang Kim, Director of Public Affairs, at sk@keia.org.


Korea Club Directors

Jim Kelman, Meridian International Center
Greg Scarlatoiu, The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea
Sang Kim, Korea Economic Institute of America


*Slider image from Kevin Burkett's photostream on flickr Creative Commons.