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Family preparing to bury Korean War POW's remains

Associated Press

DRY RIDGE - A Kentucky family is preparing to bury the remains of a Korean War soldier, which were recently identified through DNA testing.

The remains of Sgt. Paul M. Gordon will return to the U.S. today and will be interred Friday at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown.

Gordon joined the Army in 1949, shortly after graduating from Crittenden High School. He was sent to Korea, where he died in a prisoner of war camp in 1951 at the age of 20.

Family members say they wondered about his fate for decades.

Military officials said scientists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used DNA from Gordon's sister and brother, as well as other evidence, to make the identification.

According to a statement from the Department of Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office, Gordon was deployed in the vicinity of Wonju, South Korea, and was assigned to Company H, 2nd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He was listed as missing in action after a January 1951 battle.

According to other soldiers, Gordon was captured by the Chinese during the battle and taken to a POW camp, where he died in June.

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