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Old 09-15-2021, 05:30 AM
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Arrow After 71 Years, Korean War Vet Will Finally Be Laid to Rest

After 71 Years, Korean War Vet Will Finally Be Laid to Rest
By: Associated Press & News - 09-13-21

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Transfer cases, containing the remains of what are believed to be U.S. service members lost in the Korean War, line the bay of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft during an honorable carry ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPH-H), Hawaii, Aug. 1, 2018. (Apryl Hall/U.S. Air Force)

As of: 13 Sep 2021 - Associated Press:

SCHUYLERVILLE, N.Y. A Korean War veteran from upstate New York who died in action during one of the coldest winters on record is finally coming home.

Army Corporal Walter A. Smead's remains were among many that were turned over by the North Korean government in 2018. Scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA analysis and other evidence to identify him this March, the Albany Times-Union reported.

The 24-year-old Hadley resident was reported missing in early December 1950 on the sixth day of a retreat at the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea as temperatures fell to 30 degrees below zero and soldiers froze to death or lost limbs to frostbite.

Smead's Battery A, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division was attacked on consecutive nights by Chinese forces as it deployed near the reservoir. Within a matter of days, more than 90 percent of the division was killed or wounded, according to the newspaper, citing accounts at the National Museum of the United States Army.

Smead died while helping the remaining soldiers retreat across the frozen reservoir to where Marines held the other side.

Smead will be interred this month at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville.


First thing to say is "Welcome Home" Army Corporal Walter A. Smead - May you now "Rest In Peace on American soil."
Our respects to your Family & friends.
Personal note: My Uncle Bill (U.S. Marine) was in WWII & Korean war(s). He said the Korean was the worst of the two wars.
When he came back home he suffered from relapses of the butchery that took place in Korea.
That war broke him - when he came home he was never the same. He died in bed by drinking himself to death.
Uncle Bill was a good guy but the two wars did him in - he relived those wars until the day he died.
God Bless you Uncle Bill - I will never forget you! (Wayne)
aka: Boats

O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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