About 300 people attend funeral for Winston-Salem soldier who died in Korean War

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — About 300 people attended the funeral Sunday at God’s Acre in Old Salem for George L. Rights, a local soldier who died in the Korean War 64 years ago.

The U.S. Army transferred Rights’ remains to his family members Saturday after the remains were flown to Piedmont Triad International Airport.

The remains, which had been unidentified until this year, were previously buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii.

They were among remains of more than 350 American servicemen recovered from battlefields in North and South Korea, POW camps and sites of plane crashes. Between 1991 and 1994, the North Koreans returned 208 boxes of remains to the United States. Nearly a quarter of those are believed to have come from North Korean prisoner-of-war camps.

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