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Forensics identifies Korean War POW after 65 years

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

With a salute, dozens of veterans stood in solemn gratitude for U.S. Army Cpl. Dudley Evans, a Korean War veteran and prisoner of war later killed in action.

"It means a lot. It means that we are finally bringing a soldier home," said retired U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Willie D. Buckles.

While the U.S. Army knew Evans' fate, he had been killed by a Chinese guard in 1951, according to a witness, his body had never been found until more than four decades later.

"His remains were in a mass grave in Korea, and they recovered a bunch of 'em," said Vietnam veteran Roger Barrett.

The government of North Korea turned over fifteen boxes of remains thought to be unaccounted-for U.S. servicemen in 1992.

Over the next few decades, forensic testing confirmed Evans was indeed among the other soldiers.

"It's a long process, but still, they're bringing him home, and that's what we're here for this afternoon," said Barrett.

Barrett represents the Patriot Guard Riders, one of several service organizations that attend the funerals of fallen veterans to honor them.

Their journey Thursday afternoon extended more than 130 miles to Evans' hometown of Greenville, where he'll be buried Saturday next to his mother.

The hope is that more soldiers will be identified as forensic technology advances.

Barrett said from the Korean War alone, 76 Mississippians remain missing, which is why Thursday's homecoming is so significant.

"Like the old saying goes, never leave a soldier behind," said Buckles.

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