War hero returning from Korea after 60 years

My mother’s cousin went off to war in Korea in 1950-53 and never returned. He died in combat and was buried, we think, in a mass grave. They found his remains and those of his comrades but weren’t able to positively identify them. His parents and siblings were all long dead. They took a DNA swab from my mother and her sister, the oldest living relatives. My mom got a call from the military saying that they finally identified him. After 60 years, Arthur is finally coming home to rest. Welcome home.

Welcome home, indeed! Great story. Thanks for sharing.

Welcome home Arthur. Your service and sacrifice will not be forgotten. It must be of some comfort to your mom & Aunt knowing he’ll be home soon, though it’s sad his immediate family didn’t get to see it.

That’s an amazing story! Thanks for sharing!

And I know nothing about the Korean War. From what I see on his information online, he was killed at the Chosin Reservoir. Okay, so what’s that? Just a name to me. I do some digging into the history. The US and UN troops were in North Korea expecting to make a quick end of the war and go home. All of a sudden, they were caught by surprise by Chinese troops crossing the border into North Korea, attacking them with everything they had. They were outnumbered 120,000 to 20,000. The Marines astounded the Chinese by running into the battle rather than away from it to rescue fellow Marines caught behind enemy lines. Reunited with their comrades they, along with the army divisions like the one Arthur was from, fought all the way to the coast to escape by ship. The battle ran from November 27-December 11, 1950. Arthur was killed November 28th. Though badly outnumbered, the US and UN troops crippled or destroyed 7 Chinese divisions.

Edit: My son and I watched a documentary on Chosin this morning. Two of these Chinese divisions that were destroyed were never heard from and never fought again.

Thanks very much for telling us your cousin’s story. It’s right that he’s finally coming home.

My son and I watched a documentary on Chosin this morning. The US/UN troops were overrun by Chinese troops, 120,000 to 15-20,000. Though badly outnumbered, they took out or crippled 7 divisions, that’s 66,500 men. Two of those divisions completely disappeared and never organized to fight again, that was 19,000 men.

Threadjack…for a sec before I forget… My friend shows and trains her Cardigan Welsh Corgi dogs. A couple of her dogs were on the cover and in the centerfold of the May 2012 Dog Fancy. :thumbsup:

I’ll have to look for that one. Ours is a Pembroke corgi with the stumpy tail.

Testing to see if pic uploaded. I managed to get the photo, but was never able to find the mag. The cover boy there… that’s Tango.

What a sweet dog! I love his colors!

Arthur was laid to rest on Monday, October 8, 2012. Rest in peace. Welcome home. Special thanks to the veteran motorcycle escort and to the Menomonie Native American vets who acted as color guards. God bless you all.


Hallelujah! Thanks for the update.

Here’s an update. Arthur’s brother, Don, attended his military funeral. Don had been suffering from brain cancer and was in hospice care. He was in a wheelchair and very fragile at the graveside. Sadly, Don lost his battle with cancer this week. He will be laid to rest next to his brother. He got his dying wish for closure. May they both rest in peace.

May they both rest in peace. I am so grateful to them both.

Thanks. The funeral’s on Friday. We’re trying to corral my mother, too. We spent Monday night in the hospital with her. She had an emergency appendectomy at 80 years old. She wants to be independent and drive to the funeral. We told her, no way after abdominal surgery. I have to work so I can’t take her. I TG that my daughter is back from Washington. She’s stepping in and taking her Grandma to the funeral. I’m so grateful for her help.

May your mother heal well and swiftly. Daughters turn out to be good people. My daughter has asked me how she ever lived long enough to make me a grandma. Now, if I need her, she’s always there. Her DH is really great too. I think we’re very blessed.