Friday, July 22, 2011

Home 60 years later

Korean War Memorial in Washington D.C.
A heartwarming, yet sad news. An American soldier who went missing during the Korean War 60 years ago was finally identified, and will be laid to rest.

This soldier's name is Army Pfc. Peter Kubic, who went missing in South Korea during the war when he was 22. He will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.
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.
In the early 1990s, North Korean forces gave the United States 208 boxes believed to contain the remains of up to 400 U.S. servicemen, the department said.
Scientists from the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used mitochondrial DNA to match Kubic's remains with his sister, Elizabeth A. Keileher of Massapequa, N.Y., authorities said. Kubic's military identification tags were included with the boxes of remains handed over to the United States, officials said.
The beloved soldier unfortunately couldn't come home alive, but his legacy did. It's good to know that the US military is doing their best to honor the veterans from more than half a century ago. Private First Class Kubic, we thank you.

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