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Remains of American soldier who fought in Korean War identified

| Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, 5:51 p.m.

BYHALIA, Miss. — The remains of an American soldier who fought in the Korean War have been identified and will be buried near his parents' graves in his north Mississippi hometown.

Army Cpl. George H. Mason was 19 when he was reported missing in action on Feb. 14, 1951, near Chuam-ni, South Korea. The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Tuesday that his remains had been identified.

The Army requested a DNA sample in 2007 from Mason's brother Albert, who lives in Evansville, Ind.

“We didn't hear any more about it until Sept. 8. That's when they said they had found some of George's bones,” Jeanne Mason, Albert Mason's wife, told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

She said there's relief Cpl. Mason will be put to rest on American soil, but that's accompanied by renewed grief.

“We've really been going through this up and down since they told us,” she said.

The remains will be buried Tuesday next to his parents, Bill and Ruth Mason, in Emory Cemetery in Byhalia.

Jeanne Mason said she has heard from veterans who never met George Mason but plan to attend the funeral.

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