WHITESVILLE, Ky. (WEHT) – The remains of Army Pfc. Robert A. Wright, a soldier killed during the Korean War, will be interred December 9th, at Saint Mary of the Woods Cemetery.
A native of Whitesville, Wright was a member of C Company, 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. Officials say he went missing in action July 16, 1950, at age 18, while fighting along the Kum River near Taejon, South Korea. A news release says due to the fighting, his body could not be recovered and there was never any evidence that he was a prisoner of war. Officials say the Army issued a presumptive finding of death December 31, 1953.
Officials say Wright was accounted for by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency August 15, after his remains were identified using circumstantial evidence as well as dental, anthropological and mitochondrial DNA analysis.
The news release says his name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are still missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.
Officials say graveside services for Army Pfc. Robert A. Wright will be performed by Cecil Funeral Home preceding the interment.
A family member says his remains will arrive at the Louisville airport on the afternoon of December 6, and will be transferred to Cecil Funeral Home later that day. Visitation, Final Salute and prayers are set for December 8, with his funeral the next morning.
For more information about Pfc. Wright, go to this website.