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Remains of Korean War serviceman from Willmar to be returned to Minnesota

November 30, 2018

A soldier from Willmar, Minn., who went missing during a 1950 Korean War battle will finally come home, decades after his remains were recovered, marked “Unknown,” and buried in a Hawaii military cemetery.

Army Master Sgt. Carl H. Lindquist, 32, was a member of Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, when he came under fire while battling forces of the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces on the east side of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. He was reported missing on Nov. 29, 1950.

His remains were recovered from an isolated grave and, in a 1954 exchange of war dead between communist forces and the United Nations, returned to the U.S. Army’s Central Identification Unit. The remains could not be identified at first and were interred at the “Punchbowl,” the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.

After historical analysis and research, his remains were disinterred in 2013 so that scientists with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System could use advanced identification techniques to identify the remains, including mitochondrial DNA analysis, dental, anthropological, and chest radiograph comparison analysis. He was accounted for on June 4 of this year, according to the Department of Defense.

Lindquist’s relatives were not immediately available. Funeral arrangements have not been made, according to the U.S. Army.

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, 7,675 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War.

Matt McKinney • 612-673-7329

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