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SEOUL - The remains of three U.S. soldiers killed during the Korean War were identified and will be returned to their families, according to a Department of Defense news release Friday.

The POW/Missing Personnel Office identified the soldiers as Sgt. Donald C. Trent, of Crab Orchard, W. Va.; Cpl. Robert K. Imrie, of Randolph, Mass.; and Cpl. Samuel Wirrick of Lancaster, Pa.

Imrie is to be buried Monday at Arlington National Cemetery, according to the release. Trent and Wirrick are to be buried there in October.

The soldiers were with the 2nd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division and were fighting near the Chongchon River in North Korea in November 1950. Imrie was killed in action on Nov. 27, 1950, and Trent and Wirrick were reported missing.

A joint U.S.-North Korean team led by the Hawaii-based Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command excavated a mass burial site in 2000, according to the release. The team discovered human remains, Wirrick’s identification tag and U.S. Army infantry equipment.

The military used DNA and dental comparisons — along with circumstantial evidence — to identify the remains.


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