An American casualty of the Korean War is coming home to his final resting place after six decades of being reported as an “unknown.”
Larry Dunn of Cullman, Alabama -who was declared missing in action and buried as “unknown” in graves alongside 400 other unidentified US soldiers- has been positively identified using technologies that were not available when his remains were returned to the US in the mid 1950s.
“I think it was harder on grandpa because he grieved over it because, I guess, it was his youngest son and he was, ’cause he’d write him letters, there’s letters there that he wrote really concerned about his welfare and where he was at,” said John Dunn, Larry’s nephew.
According to WHNT, Dunn was one of seven boys and one of five who did time in military service,going into the army at 17 years of age.
In November of 1950, Dunn went missing during some particularly heavy combat. It was later discovered that he had become a Prisoner of War, dying in captivity.
Recently, the U.S. Government has been exhuming bodies in an effort to provide positive identification, which resulted in Dunn being identified. Prior to his identification, his body lay in an “UNKNOWN”-marked grave in Hawaii.
Dunn’s fathers and brothers lived the rest of their lives not knowing the fate of their loved one, although the remains of his family are happy to have him coming home.
Dunn will be escorted by the Patriot Guard from Birmingham to the Cullman Heritage Funeral home on Tuesday. He will be laid to rest on September 17th.
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