Traverse City Soldier Killed During Korean War Accounted For

The remains of a Traverse City man killed in the Korean War are now back in the U.S., accounted for after missing for almost 70 years.

The Department of Defense’s POW/MIA agency says Army Cpl. Charles Lawler was killed in the Korean War back on November 2, 1950. 

The Traverse City native was only 19 years old.

That’s when his unit was under attack in North Korea.

His remains were missing after the attack and he was never reported as a prisoner of war.

The army declared him dead in 1953.

His remains and thousands of others presumed dead from the war were never brought back home.

That was up until President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met last July.

That’s when the remains of dozens killed in the Korean War were handed over to the U.S.

The government says Lawler’s remains were in one of the 55 boxes turned over.

His remains were accounted for back on May 13.

Lawler will be buried on July 27 in Traverse City.

Today more than 7,600 American remains are unaccounted for from the Korean War.