The remains of a U.S. soldier missing in action from the Korean War have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial Tuesday at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, the Defense Department announced.

Cpl. Roy Stewart, of Jackson, Miss., was assigned to Company A, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, deployed to North Korea near Kujang-dong. He was captured in November 1950 and reportedly died in captivity March 14, 1951, DOD said in a news release.

During Operation Glory in the fall of 1954, North Korea turned over 4,167 caskets, including remains it claimed were those of Stewart. The Army was unable to identify Stewart at the time and the remains were buried as “unknown” at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, the release said.

With advances in forensic identification, the remains of Stewart and other servicemembers were exhumed in September 2008. Scientists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command identified Stewart’s remains through dental comparisons and circumstantial evidence related to the 1954 turnovers, according to the release.

More than 2,000 servicemen died as prisoners of war during the Korean War, DOD said. With the accounting of Stewart, 8,023 servicemembers remain missing from the 1950-53 conflict.

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