- Associated Press - Monday, October 3, 2016

ELMIRA, N.Y. (AP) - The remains of an American soldier killed during the Korean War have been identified and will be returned to upstate New York for burial this week.

The Pentagon says 18-year-old Cpl. William Smith of Hornell in Steuben (stoo-BEHN’) County was serving in the Army’s 25th Infantry Division when Chinese forces attacked his unit in late November 1950 near Usan, South Korea.

When Smith’s unit regrouped after the battle, his was listed as missing in action.

Military officials say his remains were among the remains of hundreds of American soldiers handed over by the North Koreans during a 15-year period beginning in 1990.

Scientists used DNA samples provided by Smith’s brother and other evidence to identify the remains, which will be buried with full military honors Friday at Forest Lawn Cemetery in the town of Elmira.

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