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Cleveland soldier finally returns home

 
Cleveland soldier finally returns home
Posted Tuesday, March 4th 2014 @ 4pm

(Cleveland) - The body of Army Private First Class Donald Durfee returned home to Cleveland today.

The soldier was killed in action in Korea 64 years ago at the Chosin Reservoir Battle in North Korea. He was just 19 years old.

In 1954, Durfee's remains were turned over during Operation Glory, but his identity was unknown. They were interned in the National Military Cemetery of the Pacific. He was finally identified through Military DNA registry on Nov. 5, 2013.

Private Durfee's remains arrived just before noon at Hopkins Airport on a Delta Airlines flight. The hearse was escorted by Hopkins Airport security and Cleveland Police to the Craciun Berry Funeral Home on Detroit Avenue in Cleveland.

Durfee no longer has any known relatives living in the Greater Cleveland area, but he was welcomed by several veterans groups, including members of American Legion Post 211 in Avon Lake.

Thursday afternoon, committal services will be held at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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