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Funeral set for US soldier who died in North Korea in 1951

April 05, 2019 - 8:11 am

A funeral is set for a U.S. Army soldier who died in a North Korean prison camp nearly 68 years ago.

WLOX-TV reports Pvt. James P. “Alvin” Shaw will be buried Friday in Biloxi National Cemetery on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The Mississippi native was 25 when he died in June 1951, and his remains were sent to Hawaii in 1954. Shaw was positively identified in 2016, and officials began searching for his family.

Shaw’s remains arrived in New Orleans on Wednesday. His casket, draped in an American flag, was brought off a plane with full military honors. Some of Shaw’s relatives, including nephews James Allman and John Allman, waited on the tarmac to show their respect.

Patriot Guard riders accompanied the casket from Louisiana to a Mississippi funeral home.

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