Korean War soldier comes home 63 years after death

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Members of the 50th Signal Battalion out of Fort Bragg carry the remains of Sgt. Harold Brown, a Korean War veteran, to his final resting place at Mountain Grove United Methodist Church in Hamptonville. (Andrew Dye/Journal)

HAMPTONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina soldier who died during the Korean War is finally resting in his native soil, 63 years after his death.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that Sgt. First Class Harold Brown was buried Saturday with full military honors at Mountain Grove United Methodist Church in Yadkin County.

Brown enlisted in the Army in 1947 at the age of 17, rising to the rank of sergeant by the beginning of Korean War three years later.

He was reported captured on Dec. 12, 1950, when his unit was overrun by Chinese forces. His was reported dead about two weeks later, likely from exposure to the harsh North Korean winter.

Brown remained unaccounted for until this year, when his remains were identified by using DNA samples from an aunt and cousin.

Credit: The Associated Press.