Missing Korean War soldier buried, 62 years later

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A Korean War soldier who went missing 62 years ago has been buried with full military honors in a North Carolina veterans cemetery after his remains were finally identified.

The Fatyetteville Observer reports Saturday that Army Pfc. James Curtis Mullins was buried in Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery in Spring Lake.

Mullins was 18 when he headed for South Korea in June 1950. He went missing a month later, when his unit was overrun. Remains of nine U.S. soldiers were recovered from the battlefield. Only one could not be identified. All were buried in South Korea.

The bodies were exhumed a year later. Still unidentifiable, Mullins’ remains were reburied in Hawaii. They were exhumed again this year and identified through radiography.

His brother Clayton Mills says Friday’s service brought closure.

Credit: The Associated Press.

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