Korean War Soldier Finally Laid To Rest After Nearly 70 Years

Tuesday, August 18th 2020, 10:45 am
By: CBS News

Nearly 70 years after being declared missing in action, the life of a Korean War soldier is celebrated in southern Illinois.

Family, friends and members of the military gathered as Corporal William Brown's remains reach their final resting place.

In 1950, Brown enlisted into the Army. He served eight months before being declared Missing in Action during one of the bloodiest fights of the Korean War, the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir.

Brown’s remains returned home following the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un in June 2018, when North Korea turned over 55 boxes, purported to contain the remains of American service members killed during the Korean War.

In August of 2018, scientists with the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System identified his remains from a single leg bone.

The service brings closure to the family who long doubted this day would ever come.