I am searching for the families of two soldiers who was killed in the Korea War. When they entered service they gave Caldwell County, NC as their home of record.
Soldier: Clarence E. Patterson
Born: 22 July 1931,Black
Date of loss: Missing in Action July 6, 1953 in North Korea. His remains were never recovered.
Soldier: Larry Eugene Sell
Born 30 December 1931, Caucasian
Date of loaa: Killed in Action December 31, 1950 while attending wounded comrades, His remains were never recovered.
When the Korean War ended the enemy never returned or accounted for over 8,000 of our servicemen. They died in their hands. That was over 50 years ago. Since that time DNA has been perfected and also they are recovering remains in North Korea. Our government is obligated to return those remains to the proper family. DNA samples have been obtained from most of the families of these missing soldiers. For various reasons some families have not been located. There are 60 families in North Carolina that have not been located. There are two families from Caldwell County that have not been located.
When the remains are recovered and identified they will be returned to the family for proper burial. I am just an old (76 years) Combat Veteran out of the Korean War and thankful that I did return. I consider this a very noble cause and I hope that you can help in some way to find these families. For more information on the project you may go to http://www.jpac.pacom.mil/. My part in the program is to match up the lost families with the proper agency.
I will be grateful for any assistance in locating these families.
40th Infantry Division
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