Body of West Virginia soldier killed in Korea returns home

West Virginia

GREENBRIER COUNTY, W.Va. (WVNS) – It took nearly 70 years, but the family of a soldier killed during the Korean War will finally have some closure.  The remains of U.S. Army Cpl. Carlos “Buddy” Ferguson were identified in February 2019.

Ferguson, who was from Dawson, WV, was declared Missing In Action (MIA) following the “Battle of Soyang River” in May 1951.  He was a member of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. 

His remains were found on June 1951, but could not be identified.  The body was taken to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, HI were they were given the designation X-1356 Tanggok and buried as an unknown.

In October 2018, the remains were disinterred and sent to the labratory for analysis.  The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) used dental, anthropoligical and chest rediograph to identify the remains.

The body was returned to the United States.  Cpl. Ferguson will be buried in Rocky Mounty, VA on May 18, 2019.

According to a release from the DPAA, 7,662 Amercans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Cpl Fergusons’s name is recorded in the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.  A rosette will be paced next to his name to show he has been accounted for.

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