REMAINS OF KOREAN WAR VET RETURNED HOME AFTER 65 YEARS

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The remains of a Korean War POW veteran’s received a water cannon salute upon arrival Thursday at IAH. Army Cpl. Davey H. Bart left Houston when he was just 18 years old to fight in the Korean War and now he is finally home.

Using DNA testing techniques, forensic pathologists identified the skeletal remains of the Houston soldier who died in a prisoner of war camp during the Korean War.

The identification of Bart’s remains was announced Friday by the U.S. Defense Department’s POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

Lt. Col. Holly Slaughter, an agency spokeswoman, said Bart was assigned to Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, in 1950. On Nov. 1, Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces launched a surprise attack on Bart’s unit near Unsan, North Korea, resulting in the capture of a large number of American troops.

The engagement, one of the worst for American troops during the conflict, was part of a larger Chinese assault on U.S.-defended positions near Unsan. After intense battles with the 1st Cavalry’s 1st and 2nd battalions, Chinese fighters infiltrated the 3rd Battalion position disguised as South Korean soldiers. Many U.S. soldiers were asleep when the attack began.

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