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Family prepares to bury remains of Korean War POW

  • Associated Press
  • June 16, 2014 - 12:00 PM

DRY RIDGE, Ky. — A Kentucky family is preparing to bury a Korean War soldier's remains, which were recently identified through DNA testing.

The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/T14FSP) reports the remains of Sgt. Paul M. Gordon will return to the U.S. on Tuesday and will be interred Friday at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown.

Gordon joined the Army in 1949. 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 used DNA from Gordon's sister and brother to help make the identification.

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

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