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Military burial for Korean War MIA from upstate NY

November 7, 2013
Associated Press

PHELPS, N.Y. (AP) — A burial with full military honors is set for this weekend for a New York soldier whose remains have been identified more than 60 years after he was killed during the Korean War.

A hearse carrying Cpl. George W. Conklin Jr.'s remains arrived Wednesday night at a funeral home in his hometown of Phelps, an Ontario County village 30 miles southeast of Rochester. The casket with Conklin's remains arrived at the Rochester airport aboard a flight from Hawaii.

The 18-year-old Conklin was reported missing during the fighting around North Korea's Chosin Reservoir in December 1950. He was declared killed in action in 1953.

His remains were found in a mass grave in 2004 and identified last September through a brother's DNA.

Conklin will be buried Saturday at Resthaven Cemetery in Phelps.



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