The responsible authorities, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) never have given up this quest, even as the odds decline, that anyone who knew the deceased in life will be here to get the message of his demise.
Every once in a while they get a DNA hit on remains they only suspected were a certain individual’s. In this case, an Army private murdered by starvation by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in 1951. Breitbart:
Wayne Minard enlisted in the U.S. Army with his mother’s permission when he was 17 years old but died two years later in a prison camp in North Korea on February 16, 1951, the Bellingham Herald reported.
His mother, Bertha Minard, never forgave herself for letting her son enlist; she died nine months later.
“They say she died of a broken heart,” said Wayne Minard’s great-nephew, Bruce Stubbs.
On Wednesday, sixty-five years later, his remains are coming home to Wichita, Kansas, where Minard grew up, the Washington Post reported.
In Spring 2005, an Army recovery team found a North Korean burial site that held the remains of an American soldier, the Post reported.
Scientists tested DNA samples from two of Minard’s sisters to see if there was a match, and 11 years later, his remains were identified.
The Pentagon released a statement saying that Minard’s remains had been accounted for in September.
Minard “was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, fighting units of the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces (CPVF)” when “enemy forces launched a large-scale attack with heavy artillery and mortar fire” on November 25, 1950, according to the Pentagon.
He was reported missing in action the next day.
“Minard’s name did not appear on any POW list provided by the CPVF or the North Korean People’s Army,” the Pentagon statement said. But two prisoners of war reported that Minard died at Hofong Camp on February 16, 1951.
“Based on this information, a military review board amended Minard’s status to deceased in 1951.”
Do Read The Whole Thing™. You may find it rewarding. You may also find it interesting to look at press releases related to the identification and homecoming of many Korean and occasional WWII and Vietnam vets the Agency has repatriated and released — 8 men’s remains since the new fiscal year began on 1 October.