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Jun 1, 2015 12:46 PM

Remains of Exeter POW to be returned to family


BOSTON - The remains of an Exeter serviceman killed in the Korean War are scheduled to be returned to his family Monday.

According to the Dept. of Defense, Army Pfc. Elmer P. Richard, 20, will be buried June 3, in his hometown.

Richard, who was reported missing in action on Dec. 2, 1950, was a member of Battery D, 15th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion, 31st Regimental Combat Team (RCT), operating along the eastern side of the Chosin Reservoir, in North Korea.

A fellow U.S. soldier returned during a prisoner of war exchange said Richard had died just weeks later.

Remains of hundreds that are believed to be former U.S. soldiers have been discovered over the past two decades.

One of the soldiers identified from the remains, through an extensive DNA process, was Richard.

Richard's family, who has long awaited closure, was expected to be at Logan Airport on Monday afternoon awaiting the return of Richard's remains.

The serviceman will receive full military honors at a formal funeral on Wednesday.


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