The remains of 55 members of the U.S. Armed Forces killed during the Korean War over sixty years ago have been turned over to the U.S. Air Force by the North Korea regime.

A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster arrived in Wonson, North Korea early Friday morning. Each case containing the reported American remains was opened and photographed before departing North Korea. The remains were then loaded onto the aircraft before it promptly departed and returned to Osan Air Base in South Korea, where a United Nations honor guard comprised of service members from multiple nations were standing by to receive and honor the dead.

“It was a successful mission following extensive coordination,” said UNC and U.S. Forces Korea Commander General Vincent K. Brooks said in a press release. “Now, we will prepare to honor our fallen before they continue on their journey home.”

On August 1, Brooks will oversee a full honors funeral service for the remains before they continue onto the next leg of their journey to Hawaii, where the remains will undergo processing and identity verification under the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.