Korean War soldier, MIA since conflict, buried with honors

May 18, 2019 GMT

STERLING, Ill. (AP) — A hero’s ceremony was afforded a soldier from Illinois who was killed during the Korean War and nearly 70-years later buried next to his twin, who was killed during the same battle.

The remains of Cpl. John G. Krebs were interred at Sterling’s Calvary Cemetery, next to his brother George. The 19-year-old orphans were killed during a battle in Chochiwon, South Korea on July 11, 1950.

Reports suggest George Krebs was killed after returning to the field to find John.

John Krebs was listed as missing in action because he couldn’t be accounted for after that battle. His remains were identified in December.


A motorcycle group, along with police and firefighters, led a procession from a Sterling funeral home to the cemetery, where members of the military carried the casket to graveside. John Krebs’ niece, DeVetta Perkins, was presented a flag at the end of the service.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency reports of the 8,156 Korean War personnel missing in action, only 494 have been identified.