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Posted by: thepinetree on 09/20/2022 10:31 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 09/20/2022 10:31 AM
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Remains of Soldier killed during the Korean War to be buried in McLaughlin, South Dakota

McLaughlin, South Dakota...The remains of a Soldier killed during the Korean War will be interred Sept. 30, at All Nations Veteran’s Cemetery. Graveside services for Army Pfc. Melvin J. Little Bear will be performed by Kesling Funeral Homes, Mobridge, preceding the interment.




A native of Standing Rock, Little Bear was a member of A Battery, 15th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action Feb. 13, 1951, after his unit was attacked by the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces in Changbong-ni, South Korea. Little Bear was captured and held a prisoner of war at POW Camp No. 1 in Changsong, North Korea. According to repatriated POW reports and information from Chinese and North Korean forces, he died in captivity on or about July 21, 1951, at age 21.

Remains from POW Camp No. 1were returned to United Nations Command in the fall of 1954 - as part of Operation Glory - but could not be identified. Subsequently, the remains, designated X-14251 Operation GLORY, were buried Feb. 16, 1956, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, also known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Decades later, in November 2019, during Phase 2 of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency’s Korean War Disinterment Project, X-14251 was disinterred from the Punchbowl as part of the planned exhumation of 23 Operation GLORY burials originating from the Changsong area. The remains were transferred to the DPAA Laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for analysis.

Little Bear was accounted for by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency July 13, 2022, after his remains were identified using circumstantial evidence as well as dental, anthropological and mitochondrial DNA analysis.

His name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others still missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

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

“For additional information about Pfc. Little Bear, go to: https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/3093084/soldier-accounted-for-from-korean-war-little-bear-m/

To learn more about the Department of Defense’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at http://www.dpaa.mil,

www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call (703) 699-1420/1169.








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Posted on: 2022-09-20 13:52:08   By: Anonymous
 
Thanks for your service! Most so called young men who are now the age that you we’re, would crap their drawers if they had to do what you did! Thanks again, I hope this has brought some closure to your family

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    Posted on: 2022-09-20 14:07:59   By: Anonymous
     
    The crap your drawer list begins... Donald Trump, Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Matt Gaetz, etc....

    Never been a Trump on a casualtie list.

    Never been a Trump in the service, except Russian serbice.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2022-09-20 15:52:54   By: Anonymous
       
      Absolutely - and never will be - cowards they are, ALL!!

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        Posted on: 2022-09-20 16:06:03   By: Anonymous
         
        How about you tough war heroes. You would run and hide and bend over if this country call on you claim you have dementia and Covid. Tonsillitis from last night experience. Save the bull*bleep* for grass it fertilized.

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          Posted on: 2022-09-20 16:14:17   By: Anonymous
           
          In my eyes and opinion the man and woman that serves and served will be heroes. Not about Don and Joey that sat on the sidelines. Man is hero and respect it. Don’t make it about those guys. What’s wrong with people today.

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            Posted on: 2022-09-20 16:32:50   By: Anonymous
             
            I couldn't disagree more strongly.

            Mr. Little Bear fought and died to defend and preserve our constitution.

            To honor him we must call out traitors like Donald Trump whose goal has been to corrupt our institutions, destroy our constitution, and take the throne as King Don of America. On January 6th Trump and his followers literally sh!t on our constitution and our democratic values.

            True patriotism, and true honor to Mr. Little Bear's sacrifice demands we call our enemy within... Donald J. Trump!

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              Posted on: 2022-09-21 08:36:14   By: Anonymous
               
              I feel sorry for you. You suffer from from TDS. Now suffering from de ta de Biden. Honor this man don’t make it about politics and you.

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THANK YOU!!
Posted on: 2022-09-20 15:55:33   By: Anonymous
 
Hopefully his family/descendants will know how much his bravery and service is appreciated by so many of us.

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, SOLIDER!!
Posted on: 2022-09-20 16:38:48   By: Anonymous
 


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    Re: THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, SOLIDER!!
    Posted on: 2022-09-21 08:01:19   By: Anonymous
     
    I'd like to meet Kim Hamilton

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      Re: THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, SOLIDER!!
      Posted on: 2022-09-21 09:59:45   By: Anonymous
       
      bang?

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