Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Alabama soldier missing since Korean War has been found

And they are still being found almost sixty years later...

The Montgomery Advertiser has details. It notes, "The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. He is Army 1st Lt. Dixie S. Parker of Green Pond. He will be buried Dec. 6 in Arlington National Cemetery."

It is hard to believe that there are still unaccounted American soldiers from the Korean War. I guess it shouldn't be surprising as the fog of war and the chaos of the post-war political climate made it very easy for bodies to get lost. I know there have always been those unaccounted for in wars going all the way back to antiquity. How many families never knew what happened to missing kin in the Roman civil wars for example? It just seems that in the modern era that lost soldiers should be a thing of the past. This is probably an impossibility but at least the percentage of soldiers becoming missing-in-action for decades on end is much smaller.

Parker was assigned to Battery B, 8th Field Artillery Battalion, 25th Infantry Division then occupying a defensive position overlooking the Kuryong River in P'yongan-Pukto Province, North Korea. On Nov. 27, 1950, Parker was killed in his foxhole while serving as a forward artillery observer. His body was not recovered until recently.


questors said...

There are over 8,000 American soldiers whose remains are missing from Korea. More than 78,000 Americans remain unaccounted-for from WW II and nearly 1,800 from Vietnam.
Recovery efforts continue.

paul said...

This situation we know quite well, here in Belgium, where I write from.

In the Flanders, that huge battlefield from World War One, remains from unknow soldiers are found almost daily. The same with ammunition, including chemical ammo.

It remains very moving, when visiting Ypres, to read all these names written on the walls of the Menen Gate, all of them soldiers from the British Empire, that came dying in our these fields, from so far away.

Greetings from Brussels, Belgium.