Body of Korean War veteran returns to Waterford

File. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(WTNH) — Nearly 66 years after he was killed in action in North Korea, the body of Sgt. James Lawrence Campbell is returning to his hometown.

Sgt. Campbell was just 18 when he was declared missing in action on December 2, 1950 following a battle with Chinese forces.

Due to lack of information regarding Campbell’s whereabouts, the Army declared him dead on December 31, 1953. He was posthumously promoted to the title of Sergeant, as well as receiving a Purple Heart, Army Conduct Medal, and the United Nations Service Medal, just to name a few.

In the 1990’s, North Korea sent over 200 boxes containing the remains of U.S. servicemen killed in the war, back to the United States. Laboratory testing was eventually able to identify Campbell’s remains using a DNA analysis which matched the Connecticut native’s sister and brother.

Sgt. Campbell will be buried with full military honors on Friday, August 26 at the West Neck Cemetery in Waterford. The service will begin at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the Campbell family asks that donations be directed to either the Wounded Warrior Project, or the Westbrook Honor Guard, c/o Joe Barry, 111 South Edgewood Road in Niantic.

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