19-Year-Old Korean War Soldier From Flint Accounted For

Wright 2The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced on Wednesday that the remains of a soldier that was killed during the Korean War has been accounted for.

19-year-old Army Cpl. Dale W. Wright from Flint will be laid to rest in Holly, Michigan.

Wright was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division.

On December 2, 1950 Wright was reported missing in action, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. Following the battle, Wright’s remains could not be recovered.

Following the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un in June 2018, North Korea turned over 55 boxes full of remains.

The remains were of American service members who were killed during the Korean War. On August 1, 2018 the remains arrived to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii and were handed over to the DPAA laboratory to start being identified.

Scientists from DPAA used anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence to identify Wright. Wright

They also had scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System use mitochondrial DNA analysis to help identify the remains.

The DPAA says Wright’s name has been recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl and a rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

For family and funeral information, contact the Army Casualty Office at 800-892-2490.

To see the most up-to-date statistics on DPAA recovery efforts for those unaccounted for from the Korean War, visit here.

Wright’s personnel profile can be viewed here.

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