West Virginia soldier’s remains identified from Korean War

West Virginia soldier’s remains identified from Korean War

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A soldier from West Virginia who went missing during the Korean War has been accounted for.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Wednesday that the remains of Army Cpl. Pete Conley, 19, of Chapmanville, were identified in June 2020.

Conley’s unit was attacked in North Korea and he was reported missing in action on Dec. 12, 1950. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered, the agency said in a news release.

After a meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in 2018, North Korea turned over 55 boxes purported to contain the remains of American service members killed during the Korean War. The remains arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

Scientists used DNA and other analysis to identify Conley’s remains, the statement said.

Conley will be buried in Pecks Hill, West Virginia, at a date to be determined.

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