LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Nearly six decades after he was killed fighting in the Korean War, a Marine is going home to Kentucky.
Donald Morris Walker was 19 when he was killed Dec. 7, 1950, fighting at the Chosin Reservoir in Korea, where outnumbered U.S. forces faced a Chinese onslaught in one of the war's bloodiest battles.
He was buried in an area that the Marines evacuated and that fell under North Korean and Chinese control. The United States was allowed to exhume the remains in 1954, but for decades they were buried at a military cemetery in Hawaii as an unknown soldier.
Troy Kitch, a spokesman for the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command in Hawaii, confirmed the identification.