Remains identified for Covington Korean War soldier reported missing

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPPA) has identified the remains of a Covington service member killed during the Korean War and reported as missing.

U.S. Army Cpl. Ralph L. Cale, 19, was reported missing in action on Dec. 2, 1950, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea, according to a statement from DPPA.

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

North Korea returned over 55 boxes to the U.S. believed to contain the remains of Americans killed during the Korean War, following a summit between Pres. Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in July 2018.

DPPA scientists identified the remains of Cale with the use of anthropological analysis and circumstantial and material evidence. In addition, the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA, Y-chromosome DNA and autosomal DNA analysis, according to DPPA.

A rosette will be placed next to Cale’s name on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetary of the Pacific in Honolulu.

Cale will be buried on August 14, at Arlington National Cemetary in Arlington.

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


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