WARREN, Ohio (AP) — The remains of a Pennsylvania-born soldier declared missing during the Korean War are being returned to northeast Ohio 65 years later, after DNA testing helped with identification.
The Warren Tribune Chronicle reports U.S. Army Cpl. Dennis Buckley was declared missing in action in February 1951 while serving near Wonju, South Korea. He was later declared dead.
His remains were among those turned over decades later by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. They were cross-checked with thousands of DNA swabs collected by military specialists.
Buckley’s remains were flown into the Army Reserve Base in Corapolis, Pennsylvania on Tuesday. A service is planned Thursday at a funeral home in Austintown Township, a Youngstown, Ohio, suburb. The escort to Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery will include police and the Patriot Guard.