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PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — Curley B. Knepp, a Korean War veteran and career soldier who was prominent in the local veterans community and official functions, died of complications from pneumonia on Thursday at a South Korean hospital, the Veterans of Foreign Wars said Friday. He was 76.

Knepp was featured in a June 21 article in Stars and Stripes about Korean War veterans who settled in South Korea after the war.

Rising from buck private in 1951 and retiring as a major in 1977, he routinely was accorded a place of honor at various official functions, including Korean War memorial observances.

Keith Michael, adjutant of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10216 in Pyeongtaek, said the VFW post plans to honor Knepp with a “draping of the charter” ceremony in which the post’s charter will be draped in black for 30 days.

Knepp is survived by his wife, Mag-nae Knepp, and three daughters from a previous marriage. No details on funeral arrangements were immediately available.

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