Remains of soldier missing since Korean War returned to family
The remains of a U.S. soldier who went missing during the Korean War have been identified and returned to his family for burial, the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office has announced.
Cpl. Patrick R. Glennon, of Company G, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, was listed as missing in action after his unit was attacked by Chinese forces on Nov. 1, 1950, near Unsan, North Korea.
His remains were among six boxes of remains returned to the U.S. by North Korea in April 2007, when Bill Richardson, then the governor of New Mexico, and former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony Principi visited the country.
The remains had been recovered from areas near Unsan, where Glennon’s unit had been holding a defensive position along the Nammyon River.
The remains included metal identification tags bearing Glennon’s name, along with other material evidence. Scientists with the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools, including dental records and mitochondrial DNA, to identify his remains.
Glennon, from Rochester, N.Y., is scheduled to be buried with full military honors on Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery.
More than 7,900 Americans who fought in the Korean War remain unaccounted for.