- Associated Press - Sunday, June 28, 2015

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The remains of an Ohio soldier missing from the Korean War and identified this year through DNA testing have been buried at a cemetery in northeast Ohio.

The family of Army Cpl. Kenneth Darden gathered Saturday at a cemetery in Akron for his military funeral decades after he was reported missing in action in 1951, the Akron Beacon Journal (https://bit.ly/1Nqv8zx ) reported.

Nearly 100 people stood in the rain as the military presented a U.S. flag to Darden’s sister, his only living sibling. The ceremony also included the traditional gun salute and the playing of “Taps” on a bugle.

“All our lives we heard stories about how Uncle Kenny was missing, and he was always just this picture on the wall,” said niece Mary Ann Glary. “Now this finishes the story.”

During the war, Darden was a member of an artillery battalion sent to support South Korean forces that were planning an offensive against northern Chinese troops.

When the Chinese troops countered with an unexpectedly large force, American troops were overrun in what has come to be known as the “Hoengsong Massacre”. Darden was reported missing in action on Feb. 13, 1951, and a military review board a few years later declared him dead and his remains unrecoverable.

But in the 1990s, North Korea gave the U.S more than 200 boxes filled with skeletal remains alleged to be U.S servicemen. DNA Technology has enabled forensic scientists to identify some remains, including those that were matched this year to DNA provided by Darden’s relatives.

It’s now believed that Darden was captured and died in a march toward a prisoner-of-war camp.

“Many people don’t realize how many people froze to death,” Bill Niebuhr, commander of Summit County Post 138 of the Korean War Veterans Association. Niebuhr and seven other chapter members attended the ceremony.


Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, https://www.ohio.com

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