Korean War soldier's remains returned home
STAFFORDSVILLE, Ky. -- The remains of a U.S. serviceman missing from the Korean War have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors, according to a release from the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office.
Army Cpt. Richard Isbell, 19, of Fishtrap, Kentucky, son of the late William and Roma Isbell, will be buried Saturday, June 7, at Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville, Kentucky. Graveside services are set for noon. Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
According to the release, Isbell was assigned to Company H, 2nd Battlalion, 7th Infantry Division in April 1951. While deployed near Popsudong, South Korea, the division was attacked by Chinese forces. During that battle on April 25, 1951, Isbell was reported missing in action. However, after the war, Isbell was reported by returning POWs as having died in captivity on June 30, 1951, in a prisoner of war camp in Pyoktong, North Korea.
In 1954, Chinese and North Korean Communist forces exchanged the remains of war dead with United Nations forces, but in 1956, a military review board declared Isbell's remains unidentifiable. He was transferred to be buried as unknown in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii.
In 2013, scientists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command determined that advances in forensic technology made the identification of previously unidentifiable remains possible. In the identification of Isbell's remains, scientists used circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools, such as dental comparisons and radiograph comparisons.
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