Remains of Korean War POW laid to rest in Colorado

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Posted: Mar 07, 2015 6:03 PM
Remains of Korean War POW laid to rest in Colorado

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A horse-drawn caisson brought the remains of an Army corporal who died while a prisoner of war in North Korea to his final resting place on Saturday, 65 years after he disappeared near the Chosin Reservoir and was captured by the Chinese.

The body of Army Cpl. Floyd J.R. Jackson was identified using DNA from relatives. He was buried Saturday next to his mother in a graveside service.

Jackson was reported kidnapped when his team was deployed east of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea and it was attacked by overwhelming numbers of Chinese forces.

On Nov. 29, 1950, remnants of his task force began a fighting withdrawal to more defensible positions near Hagaru-ri, south of the reservoir.

On Dec. 12, 1950, Jackson was reported as missing in action.

A returning service member told U.S. officials that Jackson was captured by the Chinese on Dec. 12, 1950, and died Feb. 13, 1951, while in an enemy prisoner of war camp.

His remains were not among those returned by communist forces during Operation Glory in 1954.

His niece, Joann Mueller, said the Army came to her home to give the family his medals, including a Purple Heart and Prisoner of War medal.

U.S. teams were later allowed to excavate sites in North Korea between 1990 and 2005 and used DNA to identify the remains.