- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WHITE SHIELD, N.D. (AP) - The family of a North Dakota soldier deemed missing in action during the Korean War is getting his medals and awards.

The Minot Daily News (https://bit.ly/1Sbs5iT ) reports the honors will be given May 30 to the family of Cpl. Elmer Bear, who is from the Fort Berthold Reservation. The ceremony will take place in White Shield with North Dakota National Guard commander Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk (sprihn-sihn-AT’-ik) on hand.

The newspaper says Bear was reported as missing in action since Nov. 26, 1950 after a battle with Chinese forces in North Korea. According to the Department of Defense’s Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency, Bear is among more than 7,800 Americans who remain unaccounted for from the Korean War.

Bear’s parents, Robert and Dora, received a telegram in early August 1951 from the War Department informing them their son was missing. His parents ultimately held a memorial service for him near Elbowoods.

He was born in 1927 in Elbowoods, which is now covered by Lake Sakakawea (suh-kah-kuh-WEE’-uh). He served in the military during World War II from December 1945 to 1947, and was a member of the Army Reserves until he was recalled in August 1950.

Bear was married and had a son. Both his wife and son have since died.


Information from: Minot Daily News, https://www.minotdailynews.com

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