Body of Korean War soldier returned to Raleigh

October 5, 2011 10:12:37 AM PDT
The body of a U.S. solder missing in action since the Korean War was flown to Raleigh Wednesday morning.

The Department of Defense announced Monday that Army Pfc. Aaron Pearce, 23, of Johnston, N.C. had been identified.

His funeral is set for Oct. 8 in Kenly.

The military says in April 1950, Pearce and the 25th Infantry Division were advancing north of the Han’tan River in South Korea when Chinese forces attacked, in what came to be known as the "Spring Offensive."

The 25th Infantry Division was pushed back to Seoul, Korea. Pearce and many other soldiers were reported missing in action.

In 1952, the military recovered military clothing and human remains near the area, but the technology didn't exist then to make an identification and the remains were buried as "unknown" in South Korea.

They were later reburied in Hawaii.

In 2010, they were exhumed for more analysis, and an identification was made.

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