Remains of Korea War MIA to be buried
The remains of a soldier declared missing in action 65 years ago during the Korean War will be buried this week with full military honors.
Pfc. David S. Burke, 18, of Akron, Ohio, will be laid to rest Friday in Rittman, Ohio, according to a statement by the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
On Nov. 25, 1950, Burke was among 136 soldiers and four officers taken prisoner from Company C, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, after an attack near the China-North Korea border. The unit, which suffered heavy casualties and was surrounded by Chinese troops, was forced to surrender, the statement said. Burke was declared missing in action after the battle.
Prisoners of war who returned to America in September 1953 reported that Burke had died of malnutrition between March and May 1951, and his status was amended to deceased.
Between 1990 and ’94, North Korea returned more than 200 boxes of co-mingled human remains, which account for the remains of at least 600 U.S. servicemembers when combined with those found during joint recovery efforts, the statement said.
Burke was identified in December through DNA analysis, dental records and circumstantial evidence.
More than 7,800 Americans remain missing from the Korean War.