Korean War POW laid to rest after 66 years
PORTLAND, Ore. — A Korean War prisoner of war was laid to rest at Willamette National Cemetery on Monday.
It was a ceremony the family of Army Corporal Edward Pool never thought would happen, after Pool was declared missing in action 66 years ago.
“What a thing!” said Pool’s nephew, Ed Truax. “These are men who fought and died in the service of our country… they call themselves ‘The Chosin Few.’”
In November of 1950, Pool was wounded in The Battle of the Chosin Resevoir and captured as a prisoner of war. He froze to death in January of 1951.
“They didn’t really know for a long time what had happened to him,” said Susan Truax, 88, who is Pool’s twin sister.
Pool’s remains were lying in a mass grave. Between 1990 and 1994, North Korea returned 208 boxes of commingled human remains to the U.S., representing more than 400 U.S. servicemen. Among them were Pool’s partial remains.
In November, a representative of the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency informed Ed Truax that they’d identified his uncle’s remains and would be flying them home.
“It was like a thunderbolt,” said Truax.
Scientists with DPAA and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used DNA analysis to match Pool’s remains with DNA samples they’d collected 20 years earlier from Pool’s brother and niece. They also conducted anthropological analysis, matching his records, and circumstantial evidence….