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Flags to fly at half-staff to honor war casualty

Kentucky Press News Service

FRANKFORT - Gov. Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff today in honor of a Kentucky soldier who died during the Korean War and whose remains were recently identified.

The funeral and interment of Cpl. Army Cpl. Richard Isbell will be held at noon today at Highlands Memorial Cemetery in the Staffordsville community in Johnson County. Beshear encourages individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies to join in lowering flags in tribute on that day, a news release from his office said.

According to the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office, Cpl. Isbell, 20, of Pike County's Fishtrap community was assigned to Company H, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Division. While deployed near Popsudong, South Korea, the division was attacked by overwhelming Chinese forces, which caused Isbell's unit to begin a fighting withdrawal to a more defensible position. During this battle April 25, 1951, Isbell was reported missing in action.

However, according to DPMO, after the war Isbell was reported by returning prisoners of war as having been captured by Chinese forces and died in captivity June 30, 1951, from dysentery, in a POW camp.

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