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Korean War remains returned to family in Johnson County

By TIM PRESTON The Independent

FLATGAP Lonald D. Skeens said goodbye to his family and reported
for duty in Korea shortly after his 18th birthday.

He went by Darrell, said his sister, Sylvia Cantrell, explaining
their family is thankful for news that his remains will be
returned for burial, arriving in Lexington today and scheduled for
interment alongside his mother, Ida Skeens, in the family cemetery
at Flat Gap.

Army Cpl. Lonald D. Skeens, 19, of Denver, Kentucky was
unaccounted for from the Korean War, according to a statement
issued by Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office in Arlington,
Va.,last week.

On Sept. 3, 1950, Skeens and elements of Company E, 2nd Battalion,
27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, were overrun by enemy forces near Haman, South Korea. After the battle, Skeens
was reported as missing in action,according to the official military account.
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Posted: Sunday - December 7, 2014


Korean War MIA from New York City identified

Korean War MIA from New York City identified
New Jersey Herald

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) - The Pentagon says the remains of a New York
City soldier missing from the Korean War have been identified:

PFC Anthony La Rossa
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Posted: Sunday - December 7, 2014


Korean War MIA from New York City identified

Korean War MIA from New York City identified
New Jersey Herald

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) - The Pentagon says the remains of a New York
City soldier missing from the Korean War have been identified
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Posted: Sunday - December 7, 2014


Indiana welcomes home POW soldiers remains after 64 years

WISH TV Reporter Howard Moore reports: INDIANAPOLIS (WISH)  A
somber homecoming Saturday for a Hoosier soldier who was missing
in action since the Korean War.

Its been 64 years since Leland Ford Smith has been in Indiana. On
Saturday, his body was flown home with full military honors.

Its a big relief, said Carl Short, Smiths nephew. My mothers
very, very happy. In fact, the whole family is happy.

Hes finally, hes finally home, said Mike Clark, the President
of the group Rolling Thunder, Indiana Chapter 1, which escorted
Smiths body.
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Posted: Sunday - December 7, 2014


Kentucky family prepares to bury soldier missing from the Korean War

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CNN Story on JPAC Mission Jan 2012

Very good examination of the recovery mission.
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Posted: Thursday - November 15, 2012


LTC Don Carlos Faith, JR. 32nd Infantry Regiment 7ID MIA Chosin Reservoir - Identified Oct 2012

Lieutenant Colonel Don Carlos Faith, Jr. HQ HQ Company 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division - MIA Chosin Reservoir has been identified per Dpt of Defense and email from former veterans who served in the 7th Infantry Division at Chosin Reservoir.

He was awarded the Medal of Honor. (see Citation below)

His family has had an official visit from JPAC on the 11th. No official posting of information by the Dpt of the Army has been made so far.

Funeral will be at Arlington National Cemetery on Janurary 24, 2013. Memorial Service at the Chapel at 10:45am.

His remains were recovered during a JPAC visit to the area in 2004 and identified near the end of September 2012. More details as the Dpt of Defense or family make public.

Thanks to the many JPAC, DPMO and Army Casualty staffers who took part in the process of communication, recovery and identification.


Citation:

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry) Don Carlos Faith, Jr. (ASN: 0-46673), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action above and beyond the call of duty while Commanding the 1st Battalion, 32d Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Hagaru-ri, (Chosin Reservoir) North Korea, from 27 November to 1 December 1950.

When the enemy launched a fanatical attack against his battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Faith unhesitatingly exposed himself to heavy enemy fire as he moved about directing the action. When the enemy penetrated the positions, Lieutenant Colonel Faith personally led counterattacks to restore the position.

During an attack by his battalion to effect a junction with another U.S. unit, Lieutenant Colonel Faith reconnoitered the route for, and personally directed, the first elements of his command across the ice-covered reservoir and then directed the movement of his vehicles which were loaded with wounded until all of his command had passed through the enemy fire.

Having completed this he crossed the reservoir himself. Assuming command of the force his unit had joined he was given the mission of attacking to join friendly elements to the south. Lieutenant Colonel Faith, although physically exhausted in the bitter cold, organized and launched an attack which was soon stopped by enemy fire.

He ran forward under enemy small-arms and automatic weapons fire, got his men on their feet and personally led the fire attack as it blasted its way through the enemy ring.

As they came to a hairpin curve, enemy fire from a roadblock again pinned the column down. Lieutenant Colonel Faith organized a group of men and directed their attack on the enemy positions on the right flank.

He then placed himself at the head of another group of men and in the face of direct enemy fire led an attack on the enemy roadblock, firing his pistol and throwing grenades.

When he had reached a position approximately 30 yards from the roadblock he was mortally wounded, but continued to direct the attack until the roadblock was overrun.

Throughout the five days of action Lieutenant Colonel Faith gave no thought to his safety and did not spare himself. His presence each time in the position of greatest danger was an inspiration to his men.

Also, the damage he personally inflicted firing from his position at the head of his men was of material assistance on several occasions.

Lieutenant Colonel Faith's outstanding gallantry and noble self-sacrifice above and beyond the call of duty reflect the highest honor on him and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army.

(This award supersedes the prior award of the Silver Star (First Oak Leaf Cluster) as announced in G.O. No. 32, Headquarters X Corps, dated 23 February 1951, for gallantry in action on 27 November 1950.)
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Posted: Saturday - October 13, 2012


Missing in Mig Alley, PBS Nova 2007 - Video

Produced by Emily Row: About pilots missing in action in Korea and the work to find about them. This is a video and/or DVD product.
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Posted: Saturday - September 17, 2011


Positive ID Of Korean War Soldier's Remains Brings Family Closure

Tyler Morning Telegraph. August 28, 2011. Clifton Henry had always admired the big brother he never met. Now 61 years later, he finally gets to say hello -- and goodbye.

Henry was 4 months old when his half-brother, Sgt. Lee Dona Henry Jr. went missing in action during the Korean War.


The U.S. Army notified the Henry family this month that Junior's remains, positively identified by DNA testing, were coming home to Tyler Sept. 15....
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Posted: Wednesday - September 14, 2011


Remains of Brooklyn POW lost in Korean War 60 years ago finally returned home

New York Daily News, July 31, 2011. A Brooklyn soldier who died 60 years ago in a Korean War POW camp is finally home.

The remains of Pvt. John Lavelle arrived at Kennedy Airport Saturday in a wooden casket draped in an American flag.

A Port Authority fire truck ceremoniously sprayed water over the plane carrying Lavelle as it taxied on the runway.

Moments later, a row of Port Authority police officers stood at attention as members of an Army honor guard carried Lavelle's casket into a waiting hearse, his relatives said....


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Posted: Sunday - August 7, 2011


Body of Brooklyn's Army Pfc. John Lavelle buried by sisters 60 yrs. after dying as POW in Korean War

New York Daily News, August 1, 2011. The sisters of a Brooklyn soldier who vanished six decades ago during the Korean War cried fresh tears Monday as they finally laid him to rest.

"We finally have him home," a weeping Delores Mapes, 83, said as the casket bearing the body of Army Pfc. John Lavelle was carried from a funeral home. "He's back where he belongs."

Lavelle's other sister, Gloria Weber, said "we can finally say goobye."

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Posted: Sunday - August 7, 2011


Korean War Vet Finally Laid to Rest

Valley News Live, KVLY-KXJB, Fargo Grand Forks, ND. July 26, 2011. Korean War Vet James Sund was finally laid to rest with full military honors in northwestern Minnesota today, 60 years after he died.

Corporal Sund was killed at a Korean prisoner of war camp in 1951 at the age of 28.

North Korean officials turned over Veterans remains in 1992. Just recently, DNA testing found Corporal Sund among the remains.
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Posted: Thursday - July 28, 2011


US lawmaker seeks Korean War prisoners repatriation

Singapore Press, July 28, 2011. WASHINGTON - A senior US lawmaker urged Congress on Wednesday to adopt a resolution calling on North Korea to repatriate thousands of Korean War prisoners still living in the reclusive state.

Democratic Congressman Charles Rangel, a Korean War veteran, introduced his resolution to mark the 58th anniversary of the July 27 Korean War Armistice Day.

"As we pay tribute to the nearly two million Americans who answered the call to defend the freedom of Korea, we should not forget about those who never returned," he said in a statement...
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Posted: Thursday - July 28, 2011




Remains of Korean War Soldier Will Be Laid To Rest At Arlington

Citizens Voice, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. July 21, 2011. More than 60 years after he was reported missing, an Army soldier killed during the Korean War will finally be laid to rest.

The remains of Army Pfc. Peter Kubic, who went missing in South Korea at age 22, will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery today, the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced.

On Feb. 12, 1951, Kubic was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea, when his division came under attack near Hoengsong. Following the battle, Kubic was reported missing in action, authorities said....

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Posted: Thursday - July 21, 2011


American Legion To Add Name To War Memorial

ELLINWOOD, Kan. (AP) The year was 1950, and in November of that year, the United States was mired in battle in Korea, fighting the spread of Communism. Two young men from Barton County answered the call to service and paid the highest price.

Edward Cooney, a native of Ellinwood, and Edward Schwartz, a native of Hoisington, looked death in the eye that bitterly cold November, and lost. Captain Thomas Edward Cooney, commanding officer of Company G, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines was killed in action Nov. 27 in the battle zone of the Chosin Reservoir, and remains where he lay near the border of North Korea and China. His family has given DNA for identification....
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Posted: Saturday - July 9, 2011


Prisoner of Korean War's remains returned to Spokane

KREM.COM SPOKANE -- A local man who was missing in action from the Korean War finally returned home this week.

U.S. Army Captain Melvin Stai's remains were just recently identified and on Wednesday returned to his family in Spokane.

Officials learned that Stai had been captured in January of 1951 and taken to a prisonar of war camp in Suan County, North Korea. Stai died while in captivity when allies attacked the camp in April of that year....
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Posted: Saturday - July 9, 2011


Father Emil Kapaun Beatification Cause Heads To Rome

Catholic New Agency, July 6, 2011 05:51 am (CNA).- U.S. Army chaplain Fr. Emil Kapaun's cause for beatification is headed to Rome, an event the Diocese of Wichita celebrated with a July 1 Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Fr. John Hotze, episcopal delegate for the office of Fr. Kapaun's beatification and canonization, said the event marks the culmination of years of work and also celebrates the 'gift' of Fr. Kapaun....
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Posted: Friday - July 8, 2011


Oklahoma Man Learns his Uncle's Remains Have Been Identified 60 Years After He Died in Korean War

Greg Brooks finally got the call he's been waiting on for decades  his uncle is coming home, more than 60 years after he went missing during the Korean War.


Brooks, 51, of Blanchard, said military officials notified him this month that they have identified the remains of his uncle, Henry Leo Gustafson, using DNA. The news means Gustafson's family can hold a military funeral and bury him in the empty grave marked by his headstone....
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Posted: Monday - July 4, 2011


Korean War veteran's remains identified for Oklahoma family; DNA match ends family mystery

The Daily Reporter, Greenfield, Indiana. July 4 2011. OKLAHOMA CITY. Greg Brooks finally got the call he's been waiting on for decades - his uncle is coming home, more than 60 years after he went missing during the Korean War.

Brooks, 51, of Blanchard, said military officials notified him this month that they have identified the remains of his uncle, Henry Leo Gustafson, using DNA. The news means Gustafson's family can hold a military funeral and bury him in the empty grave marked by his headstone....
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Posted: Monday - July 4, 2011


Decades Later, Servicemen's Remains Returning To Spokane - PFC Herman Sturmer - Captain Melvin Stai

The Spokesman-Review - Spokane, WA. June 30, 2011. A Marine private lost at the Battle of Tarawa in 1943 and an Army captain who died as a prisoner of the North Koreans in 1951 are finally coming home to Spokane.

Although the U.S. Department of Defense's Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command has identified the remains of more than 1,800 Americans since the 1970s, the return of two long-missing soldiers to the same community within a week of each other is remarkable.

Private Herman F. Sturmer, Jr., USMC, Tarawa, and Captain Melvin Ruben Stai, U.S. Army, Twin Tunnels....
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Posted: Thursday - June 30, 2011


MIA Identified - Captain Melvin Ruben Stai - Twin Tunnels

DPMO - Identified on January 31, 2011. More information as it becomes available.
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Posted: Wednesday - June 29, 2011


Full Military Honors and Hopes Of Identification For MIA Remains

KGMB Hawaii News Now. June 18 2011. JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR - HICKAM (HawaiiNewsNow) - 74 thousand U.S. servicemembers from World War II are still unaccounted for. 8,000 are M.I.A. from the Korean war and another 1,600 from Vietnam.

Despite those daunting numbers and the decades that have passed, the grueling work continues to find and recover their remains. On Friday, they were half-way there....
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Posted: Saturday - June 18, 2011


Marine Escorts Korean POW After 60 Years Abroad

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. June 17, 2011 -- In 1954, the family of Army Sgt. Ralph Carlson received news that their loved one passed away in a Korean internment camp. Today, with the help of DNA testing, science has helped to identify remains, bringing closure to Carlson's family and families across the country.

Carlson's remains will be escorted to Braham, Minn., June 25, by his great nephew Pfc. Jonathan C. Wescott, a legal services specialist with Legal Services Support Section, Service Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 17, 1st Marine Logistics Group.
"It's a pretty big honor to be able to do this for my family; it's overwhelming," said Wescott, 21....
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Posted: Friday - June 17, 2011


PFC John Graham Lavelle - MIA - Identified

Mary Rose O'Brien To The Korean War Project. June 16 2011.

Good Afternoon!

I had to write you with the wonderful news about my Uncle. We got word from the Army on 6/11/11 that his remains have been positively identified and he is coming home to a burial with full Military honors. John (Shawn)'s sisters (my Mom and Aunt) are 83 and 80 years-old. They are beside themselves with excitement of the news. It is a thing the dreamed about, but never imagine would come to pass!

I wanted to personally thank you, because this would have never happened for our family without your website. About 8 or 9 years ago, a search led me to this website. When I entered my Uncle's name, up he popped! Imagine my surprise when I saw the a DNA sample from the family was needed. I made the arrangements to provide the sample and then waited. Well here we are 9 years later and we get the wonderful news!!!

Thanks again from the bottom of our hearts!

Mary Rose O'Brien
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Posted: Thursday - June 16, 2011


Remains of Detroit Soldier Killed In Korean War Identified

The Detroit News. June 14 2011. More than 60 years after his Army unit was overrun by Chinese troops during the Korean War, the U.S. Defense Department has positively identified the remains of Cpl. A.V. Scott of Detroit and intends to bury them at Arlington National Cemetery.

Scott, a native of Canada who moved to Detroit with his mother, Gladys Caldwell, survived a grueling march after his capture in 1951, defense officials have told his family. But he died of exhaustion and dysentery shortly after arriving in a prisoner of war camp....
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Local Soldier To Be Buried - Cpl. Harold B. Moore Listed As MIA In 1950

News and Sentinel, Parkersburg, WV - June 2, 2001. ARLINGTON - After more than 50 years, the remains of a Parkersburg serviceman who was declared missing in action from the Korean War will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

Cpl. Harold B. Moore of Parkersburg will be buried with full military honors at 1 p.m. today in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C., according to the U.S. Department of Defense....
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Posted: Thursday - June 2, 2011


Reading Man's Death In Korean War Massacre Remembered

Reading Eagle. May 30, 2011. On July 14, 1950, the night before his unit set out to invade Korea, Pfc. Bruce A. Ream wrote a letter to his girlfriend, Dolores Lessie, in Reading.

'Hiya Honey,' the 19-year-old Reading native began his two-page missive, handwritten from a staging area in Japan. 'This will be the last letter you will get from me for some time....'
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Posted: Monday - May 30, 2011


Defense Prisoner of War Missing Personnel Office - Recently Accounted For

The names listed here are U.S. military servicemembers who were once missing and are now accounted-for. Additional information may be seen by visiting the respective Vietnam, Korean War and WWII databases on this site.

These names are displayed in chronological order based on the dates of their identifications. The highlighted names are linked to a more detailed news release on that serviceman's identification....
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Posted: Sunday - May 29, 2011


Army Pfc. Watkins Laid To Rest On American Soil

Times-News Online - May 27, 2011. A black and white POW/MIA flag waved in the breeze Thursday afternoon at Forest Lawn Memorial Park as the ceremony began for a fallen hero who finally returned home after nearly six decades.

The flag read, "You are not Forgotten."

Army Pfc. Samuel Kelly Watkins of Fletcher was not forgotten after he was captured in North Korea on Feb. 14, 1951, and presumed dead on March 3, 1954.

Through the Korean War Project, DNA from his remains, found in North Korea, was matched earlier this year with family members in Henderson County....
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Posted: Sunday - May 29, 2011


Defense Prisoner of War Missing Personnel Office

During Operation GLORY in 1954, North Korea returned the remains of more than 2,000 Americans. Concurrently, U.S. "graves registration" teams recovered remains on South Korean battlefields.

The U.S. identified thousands of these remains. Those that could not be identified and other unknowns from South Korea, a total of 848, were buried in 1956 in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, the "Punchbowl." Others were added later as "unknowns." One of the unknowns was interred in the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington, Virginia....
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Posted: Sunday - May 29, 2011


Remembering POWs, those MIA on Memorial Day and every day

The Times and Democrat, May 29 2011. A table sits alone, its single place setting providing a stark contrast to its surroundings.

Many Memorial Day ceremonies for military veterans will take place in the presence of those being honored. While all deserve the gratitude of their countrymen, Orangeburg American Legion Post 4 Commander Chester Tomson Jr. said the solitary table ensures another group is never forgotten....
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Posted: Sunday - May 29, 2011


Korean War POW finally buried after 60 years

Associated Press - May 27, 2011. For 60 years, Artie Hodapp's family agonized over a heart-rending mystery: Where had the young man, known for his rollicking sense of humor, come to rest after dying in the Korean War?

They couldn't know that the answer was among 17 boxes of remains that the North Koreans turned over nearly two decades ago. Nor could they know that the DNA the Army collected from his surviving siblings several years ago would finally help solve the riddle....

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Korean War POW Finally Buried After 60 Years

Bay News 9 story on the return of Korean War MIA Arthur Leon Aloysius Hodapp.
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Posted: Sunday - May 29, 2011


Korean War Hero Finally Gets The Honor He Deserves

Fort Worth Star Telegram, April 30, 2011. President Barack Obama, speaking from the East Room on Monday, will undoubtedly read of the inspiring and frightening last few minutes of Army Pfc. Henry Svehla's life.

Svehla, all of 19 years old, already wounded and leading a faltering platoon under withering fire on a hard-fought hill in Korea, gave his life by throwing himself on a grenade that landed near him and some of his buddies....
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