Marine_7002 sends us a link in the Detroit News to the story of a soldier, CPL Robert Wax, who was returned to his Detroit family 60 years after he was killed in Korea after his first few weeks back in 1950;
Several weeks after the battle, the Army recovered some soldiers’ remains from the 555th Field Artillery Battalion to which Wax belonged, but it wasn’t able then to identify all of them.
Wax was listed at first as missing in action, and later presumed dead.
His remains, tagged Unknown X-88, were buried in a cemetery in South Korea, then moved in 1951 to Japan, amid the turmoil in the region.
Still unidentified, Wax’s remains were shipped four years later to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, where by a strange coincidence, his father, Capt. John (Jack) Wax, was buried.
You should read the rest of the article. One of the things we’ve been good at is doing our best to bring folks back in recent years. Too late for the guys left in Vietnam who’ve become a political football, though.