Korean War soldier killed in 1950 finally laid to rest

Korean War soldier killed in 1950 finally laid to rest
Veterans salute Korean War veteran Army Cpl. Walter Smead, a member of Battery A, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division who was killed during the 1950 Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, is laid to rest with full military honors at Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, in Schuylerville, N.Y. Photo credit AP Photo/Hans Pennink

Cpl. Walter Smead was finally laid to rest Monday near his rural upstate New York hometown, seven decades after he was killed in the Korean War and months after his remains were officially accounted for with help from DNA analysis.

He was honored by a younger brother and sister with only hazy memories of him, by nieces and nephews born well after he died in 1950, by Patriot Guard Riders who escorted his hearse to the cemetery on rumbling motorcycles and by gray-haired veterans who came to give a man they never met a final salute.

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