Previously Unaccounted for Traverse City Soldier Killed During Korean War to be Buried Next Month

The remains of 55 service men and women who were unaccounted for during the Korean War have returned to the U.S.

Last year, North Korea agreed to turn over the remains of dozens of American service members following a summit with President Trump.

One of the remains belonged to a Northern Michigan native.

Traverse City’s Army Corporal Charles Lawler was just 19 when he died in the Korean War in 1950 after an enemy attack. His remains were unable to be recovered and he was reporting missing in action but not a prisoner of war.

The army declared him dead in 1953 and his remains have been missing for nearly 70 years.

Using DNA and archaeological evidence, American technology identified Lawler’s remains.

His remains were taken to Hawaii, and on July 27, he will be buried in Traverse City.

“For him to be a local in Traverse City is amazing, and we can finally honor this person and this family can get closure which is extremely important,” said Red Cross agent for deployed troops Debra Ankerson.

More than 7,500 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War.

Recoveries are ongoing, and using advanced technologies, identifications can still be made.