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Remains of soldier killed during Korean War return to Illinois

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Cpl. Vernon D. Presswood is returning to Pinckneyville, Illinois to be buried (Credit: Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency) Cpl. Vernon D. Presswood is returning to Pinckneyville, Illinois to be buried (Credit: Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency)

PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) – The remains of a soldier killed in the Korean War returned to Pinckneyville, Illinois Tuesday.

Cpl. Vernon D. Presswood was 19 and a member of the Heavy Mortar Company, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division when he was reported missing in action on Dec. 2, 1950 while deployed east of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea.

Cpl. Presswood’s name was not on any prisoner of war lists and no Americans were able to provide information regarding him as a prisoner of war so he was declared deceased on Dec. 31, 1953 by the U.S. Army.

In 2001, during the 25th Joint Recovery Operation on the eastern bank of the Chosin Reservoir in Changjin County, North Korea, possible human remains of at least seven individuals were found. DPAA and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory were able to identify Cpl. Presswood’s remains.

Cpl. Presswood will be buried on Dec. 3.

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