Missouri Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

From: “Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA)” <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil<mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>>
Date: December 14, 2018 at 10:18:14 AM EST
To: Undisclosed recipients:;
Subject: Missouri Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

Dear Editor,

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Cpl.
Frederick E. Coons, 22, of Fairview Township, Missouri, killed during the
Korean War, was accounted for on Oct. 29, 2018.

In July 1950, Coons was a member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry
Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. On July 29, 1950, Coons was declared
missing action in the vicinity of Geochang, South Gyeongsang Province, South
Korea, when he couldn’t be accounted for after a unit withdrawal action to
set up a roadblock against North Korean Forces.

On Feb. 23, 1952, the 565th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company
recovered three sets of remains from a shallow, temporary grave near the
village of Apkong-ni, South Korea. The remains, designated X-5272, X-5273
and X-5274, were transferred to the United Nations Military Cemetery in
Tanggok for temporary burial. The remains were then sent to the Central
Identification Unit in Kokura, Japan, for identification.

One set of remains, X-8272 was declared unidentifiable and were transferred
to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in
Honolulu for burial.

On March 12, 2018, DPAA disinterred Unknown X-8272 from the Punchbowl for

To identify Coons’ remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces
Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis, dental and
anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership
in this mission.

Today, 7,675 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using
modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that
were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North
Korea by American recovery teams. Coons’ name is recorded on the Courts of
the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu,
along with the others who are missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be
placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

For funeral details and family contact information, contact the Army
Casualty office at (800) 892-2490.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account
for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA
website at www.dpaa.mil<http://www.dpaa.mil>, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa<http://www.facebook.com/dodpaa>
or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

Coons’ personnel profile can be viewed at

SFC Kristen Duus
Chief of External Communications
Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
2300 Defense Pentagon
Washington, D.C 20301-2300
(703) 699-1420

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