WASHINGTON, D.C. (WAVY) — A U.S. Army sergeant from Norfolk who went missing during the Korean War will be buried Monday at Arlington National Cemetery.
Army Sgt. First Class Elmore Goodwin disappeared while serving in North Korea in 1950. The military declared Goodwin dead in 1953.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) said Aug. 30, 1998, during a Joint Recovery Operation, a Joint U.S./ North Korean recovery team interviewed a witness who claimed to have found human remains in a cornfield in Kujang District.
Sept. 6, 1998, the remains were repatriated to the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii.
To identify Goodwin’s remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) DNA analysis, as well as anthropological analysis, and circumstantial evidence.
Today, 7,699 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War.