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Korean War soldier’s remains to be buried in Kentucky

November 19, 2018 - 7:12 am

IRVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The remains of an American soldier killed in the Korean War in 1950 will be buried in his Kentucky hometown.

The remains of Army private Robert J. Sipes were identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency last month using DNA, dental records and other evidence. Sipes, of Irvington in western Kentucky, was 19 when he was killed in North Korea during heavy fighting between his 7th Calvary Regiment and the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces.

The remains had been buried at the National Memorial Cemetery in Honolulu since 1954, where they were known only as N-16678. In June 2017, the accounting agency disinterred the remains for identification.

Sipes was a member of Company L, 3rd Battalion in the 7th Cavalry Regiment.

He will be buried Dec. 5 with full military honors.

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