Free At Last
Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2013
SOLDIER MISSING FROM KOREAN WAR IDENTIFIED
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, were recently identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
Army Pfc. Weldon A. Davis, 24, of Tioga, Texas, will be buried Feb. 6, in Dallas. In late November 1950, elements of the 25th Infantry Division (ID) were engaged in fighting with units of the Chinese army north of the Ch’ongch’on River in North Korea. In the course of the fighting, and the subsequent withdrawal south by U.S. forces, the 25th ID suffered extensive casualties, with numerous men being taken captive by the Chinese. Davis was last seen in the vicinity of Somindong.
In 1953, as part of Operation Big Switch, soldiers who were returned told debriefers that Davis had been captured and taken by enemy forces to a POW camp known as Death Valley. Soldiers also stated that in January 1951, Davis died from malnutrition and pneumonia. His remains were not among those returned by Communist Forces in 1954.
Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2012
Sgt. Bowe R. Bergdahl, age 23 United States Army of Ketchum, Idaho; POW/MIA on July 1, 2009. 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. Bergdahl was captured in Paktika province, Afghanistan, on June 30, 2009. The Pentagon declared him Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown on July 1, 2009, but changed his status to Missing-Captured on July 3, 2009. (mouse over for detail link)