Korean War Vet's Remains Go Home, 6 Decades Later
George Conklin, 18 when killed, gets buried this weekend in upstate NY
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2013 4:05 PM CST
This undated photo provided by the U.S. Department of Defense shows Army Pvt. George Conklin. He was promoted to corporal posthumously.   ((AP Photo/Department of Defense))

(Newser) – George Conklin was all of 18 when he got killed fighting in the Korean War in 1950. More than six decades later, the Army corporal is finally back home for burial in upstate New York, reports AP. His were among the remains recovered near North Korea's Chosin Reservoir in 2004, and a military lab recently identified Conklin thanks to a DNA sample given years ago by a now-deceased brother.

“It’s closure," a niece tells the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. "He's coming home.” Conklin will be buried with full military honors on Saturday in Phelps, next to his parents. The teen enlisted at 17, was reported missing after the Chosin battle, then listed as killed in action when the war ended. Hundreds greeted his casket when it arrived in Phelps yesterday. "It was a phenomenal sight," says the funeral home owner. "It was amazingly silent. It was like a peace come over everybody."

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wjL
Nov 8, 2013 9:46 AM CST
Welcome Home George...thank you. For the small percentage of readers marking this story Hilarious, you're repugnant.
justreading1
Nov 8, 2013 7:45 AM CST
Welcome back home Corporal Conklin. Many of us here in the United States cannot begin to express our thanks adequately for your service and sacrifice. May you rest in peace. May your family have peace. You and the others that have served and/or sacrificed have provided the rest of the United States with the freedom we all hold dear.
iq145
Nov 7, 2013 9:22 PM CST
Now, what about our 1649 Americans unaccounted for to date in Viet Nam?