|Birth: ||Dec. 21, 1930|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Nov. 1, 1950, North Korea|
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced July 20 2011 that the remains of a US serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
Army CPL Charles Arce, 19, of Brooklyn NY, will be buried July 20 2011 in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington DC.
On November 1 1950, CPL Arce was assigned to M Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, occupying a defensive position in North Korea, along the Nammyon River, near a bend known as the "Camel's Head." Two enemy elements attacked the 1st Cavalry Division's lines, collapsing their perimeter and forcing a withdrawal. Almost 400 men, including Arce, were reported missing or killed in action following the battle. CPL Arce was declared killed in action on December 31 1953.
In 2007, North Korea gave the United States six boxes believed to contain the remains of US servicemen. Information provided with the boxes indicated the remains were exhumed in November 2006 near Unsan County, North Pyongan Province. This location correlates with the location of the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment on November 2 1950.
Among forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used mitochondrial DNA – which matched that of Arce's sister and brother — in the identification.
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Section 60 Site 9714
Created by: A Horan
Record added: Aug 07, 2011
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