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Soldier Missing From Korean War Accounted For
On June 16th, 2015, the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced today that the remains of Army Cpl. Kenneth P. Darden, 18, of Akron, Ohio, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors on June 27, in his hometown.
In late 1950, Darden was assigned to Battery A, 15th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division (ID), which was occupying positions in the vicinity of Hoengsong, North Korea, when their defensive line was attacked by Chinese forces, forcing the unit to withdraw south to a more defensible position.
After the battle, Darden was reported missing in action. A military review board later reviewed the loss of Darden, declaring him dead and his remains non-recoverable.
Between 1990 and 1994, North Korea turned over to the U.S. 208 boxes of human remains believed to contain more than 400 U.S. servicemen who fought during the war. North Korean documents, turned over with some of the boxes, indicated that some of the remains were recovered from the vicinity where personnel captured from Dardens unit were believed to have died.
To identify Dardens remains, scientists from the DPAA and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL) used circumstantial evidence, dental comparison, which matched his records, and two forms of DNA analysis, mitochondrial DNA, which matched his sister, brother and niece, and Y-chromosome Short Tandem Repeat (Y-STR) DNA, which matched his brother.
Today, 7,846 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War.
Thank you for your service, sir. May your family finally find comfort and peace.
You Are Not Forgotten.
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