Remains of Michigan soldier killed in Korean War identified

December 31, 2019 GMT

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (AP) — The remains of a Michigan soldier who died in the Korean War have been identified 69 years after he went missing in action.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Monday that Army Pfc. John Albert Shelemba’s remains were identified in September. The 19-year-old of Hamtramck man was reported missing in action on July 20, 1950, while defending Taejon, South Korea.

After the war, Shelemba’s body was among the remains of American soldiers recovered from South Korean battlefields. His body couldn’t be identified, and he was subsequently buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, the Detroit Free Press reported.

His remains were disinterred in October 2018 and scientists used dental, anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence, to identify Shelemba’s remains.

Shelemba, who will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, was a member of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division.

Military officials said that remains of 7,602 Americans are still unaccounted for after the Korean War.