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Remains of Korean War soldier from Miamisburg identified 73 years later

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The remains of Miamisburg soldiers who died during the Korean War will be buried next week in a Miamisburg cemetery.

Billy A. DeBord, 18, of Miamisburg, was a member of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, 8th U.S. Army, according to Army Pfc. U.S. Army Personnel Command. He was reported missing in action on July 25, 1950, while his unit was fighting the North Korean People’s Army near Yongdong, South Korea.

“Due to the fighting, Mr. Debord’s body was never recovered and there was no evidence that he was a prisoner of war,” Army HRC said in a statement Monday. “The Army announced his presumed death on December 31, 1953.”

Ms. DeBord’s remains will be interred on November 11th at Highland Memorial Cemetery, 723 Upper Miamisburg Road, Miamisburg. Swart Funeral Home of West Carrollton will conduct graveside services prior to burial.

The story of DeBord’s identity began in April 1951 when the 565th Quartermaster Grave Registration Company recovered a set of remains designated as Unknown X-945 near Yongdong. There was insufficient identification to link the body to Debord, and it was declared unidentified in April 1955.

His remains were sent to Hawaii and buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, also known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

In July 2018, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency He proposed a plan to dismantle 652 unknowns from the Korean War from the Punch Bowl. In October 2019, DPAA disinterred the remains of the unknown X-945 from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu, Hawaii, for laboratory analysis.

To identify DeBord’s remains, DPAA scientists used dental and anthropological analysis as well as comparisons of chest X-rays.

Ms DeBord’s body was described by the DPAA in April after being identified using chest x-ray comparisons, dental and anthropological analysis. moreover, military medical examiner system Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis was used.

His name is recorded in the Punchbowl Missing Persons Court along with others still missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate that he has been accounted for.

Over 7,500 Americans remains missing From the Korean War.

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