Remains of soldier who vanished during Korean War returned to US

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Source:   —  April 08, 2016, at 3:09 PM

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday that Army Cpl. Robert Graham disappeared after Chinese forces attacked his battalion in February one thousand nine hundred fifty-one.

Remains of soldier who vanished during Korean War returned to US

The remains of an American soldier, who vanished in S Korea during the Korean War, were flown back to the San Francisco Bay Area Wednesday.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday that Army Cpl. Robert Graham disappeared after Chinese forces attacked his battalion in February one thousand nine hundred fifty-one. Graham, who was only 20-years-old at the time, was starved to death in a N Korean camp.

“Things are finally coming to closure for the family ... after sixty-five years," said James George, fifty-nine, of Fairfield, a retired Marine Corps master Sgt who escorted his uncle'south remains on a flight from HI to San Francisco International Airport on Wednesday.

George watched as six servicemen carried the flag-wrapped casket from the airplane to the hearse. He and two other relatives gave DNA that enabled the Army to identify a single bone from Graham’s leg latest fall. The bone was among other body parts of lost U. S. servicemen that N Korea turned over in one thousand nine hundred ninety-third.

His remains weren’t among those returned by N Korea after the armistice was signed in July 1953.

Graham’s niece, Nicole Venturelli, of Redwood, California, said his title was never on any prisoner of war list kept by N Korea. She said N Korean executive described the two hundred eight boxes of bones they released to the U. S. in 1993 as parts taken from a holding area at the entrance of Suan camp.

The remains were shipped to a Defense Dept lab in HI that was to account for all Americans held as prisoners or lost in action in Korea, Vietnam and other U. S. wars. There were delays, but latest year the Pentagon reorganized the program and transferred its management to Washington, D. C., according to the Chronicle.

A military funeral is scheduled for Friday in Colma.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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