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Korean War vet’s remains return home after 65 years

December 11, 2015

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — The remains of a Korean War veteran have returned to his Massachusetts hometown 65 years after he was declared missing in action.

The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.ly/1NfOvwE ) 22-year-old Army Sgt. Robert Dakin went missing on Dec. 12, 1950, after a battle near the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea.

The status of the Waltham native was changed to deceased after no information could be found regarding his loss.

Dakin’s remains made it back to Waltham Thursday afternoon after being escorted from Logan International Airport in Boston by state and local police.

The remains were among at least 600 returned to the United States by the North Korean government between 1990 and 1994.

Department of Defense officials say Dakin was identified through circumstantial evidence and two forms of DNA analysis.


Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com

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