- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - After more than 60 years of waiting, Pvt. Eugene Erickson will finally be laid to rest in New Mexico.

Clayton Erickson, of Albuquerque, tells the Santa Fe New Mexican (https://goo.gl/B38iBW ) that his younger brother’s remains will be buried with full military honors Wednesday at Santa Fe National Cemetery.

According to the Army, Erickson was captured during battle in the Korean War in 1951.

Clayton Erickson says the family learned two years later that he died in a camp.

He says he received a call from the Army last month that they had identified Eugene’s remains.



Army officials say the U.S. government has 1,200 sets of unidentified remains from the Korean War and the process of identifying them takes time.

Erickson was 20 years old when he enlisted in 1950.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, https://www.sfnewmexican.com

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