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DRY RIDGE, KY. — A Kentucky family is preparing to bury the remains of a Korean War soldier, which were recently identified through DNA testing.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the remains of Sgt. Paul M. Gordon will return to the U.S. on Tuesday and will be interred Friday at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown.
Gordon joined the Army in 1949, shortly after graduating from Crittenden High School. He was sent to Korea, where he died in a prisoner of war camp in 1951 at the age of 20.
Family members say they wondered about his fate for decades.
Military officials said scientists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used DNA from Gordon’s sister and brother, as well as other evidence, to make the identification.