The remains of a soldier who went missing during the Korean War have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial.
Army Cpl. Glyndon Moyer, 18, of Luray, Va., is to be buried Thursday with full military honors in his hometown, according to a statement Monday by the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office.
Moyer was reported missing on Dec. 2, 1950, after he and the 31st Regimental Combat Team — known historically as Task Force Faith — began a fighting withdrawal from along the east of the Chosin Reservoir to a more defensible position to the south, near Hagaru-ri.
Between 1991 and 1994, North Korean officials turned over 208 boxes believed to contain the remains of 200-400 U.S. servicemembers, the statement said. Supporting documentation turned over with the remains indicated that some were recovered from the area where Moyer was last seen.
Scientists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used circumstantial evidence, dental comparisons and mitochondrial DNA, which matched Moyer’s sister and brother, to positively identify the remains, the statement said.
More than 7,900 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War.