Military Funeral Honors With Funeral Escort Are Conducted For U.S. Army Private 1st Class John Taylor, Korean War Repatriation

Military Funeral Honors With Funeral Escort Are Conducted For U.S. Army Private 1st Class John Taylor, Korean War Repatriation

Aug 02 2019

Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) fold the U.S. flag as part of Military Funeral Honors for U.S. Army Private 1st Class John Taylor in Section 57 of Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, July 30, 2019.

From the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency:

In August 1950, Taylor was a member of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division in South Korea. On August 11, 1950, his regiment encountered a Korean People’s Army unit near the village of Haman. Taylor’s company was ordered to move southwest, where they were ambushed and forced to disperse. In the days following, the battalions of 24th Infantry Regiment consolidated their positions, reorganized and began accounting for their Soldiers. After several days of checking adjoining units, aid stations and field hospitals, Taylor was reported as killed in action on August 12, 1950, but his remains were not recovered.

On January 6, 1951, an Army Graves Registration Service search and recovery team recovered a set of unidentified remains near the village of Haman. The remains, which could not be identified, were interred in United States Military Cemetery Masan in South Korea, as Unknown X-213 Masan.

In February 1954, the Central Identification Unit in Kokura, Japan, examined Unknown X-213 Masan. Unable to make an identification, the remains were declared unidentifiable in April 1955 and buried as an Unknown in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

In 2016, research into unresolved losses and unknowns remains from the Korean War led researchers to conclude that Unknown X-213 could likely be identified. The unknown had been recovered in the area where Taylor went missing. DPAA disinterred Unknown X-213 in June 2017 and sent the remains to the laboratory for analysis. To identify Taylor’s remains, scientists from DPAA used as dental and anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence. Taylor was officially accounted for on May 9, 2018.

Taylor’s Nephew, Dwayne Taylor, received the flag from his uncle’s casket.

(U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery / released)