BREWSTER, Ohio — The remains of an Ohio soldier who died while a prisoner of war during the Korean War have arrived home for burial.
U.S. Army Sgt. Vernon R. Judd’s remains were flown Sunday from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency laboratory in Hawaii to Cleveland. North Korea turned over remains including those of the 22-year-old member of Company D, 89th Medium Tank Battalion 25th Infantry Division, to the U.S. in 2018. DNA tests confirmed his identity.
Officials from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency identified more than 200 missing service members this fiscal year.
Judd, of Stark County's Navarre, was declared missing Nov. 28, 1950. A returned American POW reported Judd died at Hofong Prisoner of War camp, also known as Pukchin-Tarigol, on Feb. 14, 1951.
Judd’s funeral will be Tuesday at Spidell Funeral Home in Stark County’s Brewster, with burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Medina County.