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Korean War Soldier Recovered and Returned to United States (Photos)

Corporal Clem Boody was reported missing on Nov. 2nd 1950 and was one of the more than 350 servicemen unaccounted-for from the battle at Unsan.

Imafes of Unsan Battle during Korean War
There were no images of Clem Booty available for our use in this story, but we did find this image that specifically addresses his fate, from wing21.rtaf.mi.th: "Chinese Communist Forces 39th Corps, Unsan, November 1st 1950, "Observes 8th Cavalry Regiment on roads below, preparatory to striking." Clem Boody was assigned to Headquarters Company, 8th Cavalry Regiment, he probably died November 1st and was reported missing November 2nd.

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office says the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

He is Corporal Clem R. Boody, U.S. Army, of Independence, Iowa. His burial date and location are being set by his family.

Representatives from the Army met with Corporal Boody's next-of-kin to explain the recovery and identification process, and to coordinate interment with military honors on behalf of the Secretary of the Army.

In November 1950, Clem Boody was assigned to Headquarters Company, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division then occupying a defensive position near Unsan, North Korea north of a bend in the Kuryong River known as the Camel's Head.

On November 1st, parts of two Chinese Communist Divisions struck the 1st Cavalry Division's lines, collapsing the perimeter and forcing a withdrawal. Corporal Clem Boody was reported missing on Nov. 2nd 1950 and was one of the more than 350 servicemen unaccounted-for from the battle at Unsan.

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In April 2007, the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea (D.P.R.K.), acting through the intermediary of New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony Principi, repatriated to the United States six boxes of human remains believed to be those of U.S. soldiers.

The D.P.R.K. reported that the remains were excavated in November 2006 near Unsan in North Pyongan Province.

Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from JPAC and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory also used mitochondrial DNA and dental comparisons in the identification of Boody's remains.




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Alex December 23, 2010 7:13 pm (Pacific time)

The Army has recently contacted my family regarding the identification of my Uncle's remains. He too was reported missing 2 Nov. 1950

Alex, this is Tim King with Salem-News.com; these stories are important to us, if you want to let us know what is happening with your Uncle we can ultimately write a nice tribute and remind this world who he was.  The more the better, and if you happen to have photos of him we could really make use of it.  You can write to me at tim@salem-news.com

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