Korean War Vets's Remains Identified; One Kentuckian

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The military has identified the remains of four Army soldiers considered missing in action in North Korea nearly 60 years ago.

The Defense Department released the names of three servicemen Friday: Cpl. Lloyd D. Stidham, of Beattyville, Ky.; Cpl. Samuel C. Harris Jr., of Rogersville, Tenn; and Cpl. Robert G. Schoening, of Blaine, Wash. The name of a fourth soldier is being withheld until his family is briefed, according to a statement from the Department of Defense.

The four soldiers were assigned to Company C, 65th Combat Engineer Battalion, 25th Infantry Division during the Korean War. The military said they came under attack south of the Kuryong River on Nov. 25, 1950. They were classified as missing in action by the military two days later.

In 2000, a U.S. and Korean team excavated a site near the river where the remains were found. One soldier also recovered at that site, 1st Lt. Dixie Parker, was previously identified and buried in December 2007.

Herman Griffin, commander of the VFW post in Beattyville, said he remembers Stidham as a child, when Stidham and his brother would fish the Kentucky River.

Griffin, a 73-year-old Korean War veteran, said his family farmed the riverbanks and knew Stidham's father, a coal miner.

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