Military Funeral Honors with Funeral Escort for U.S. Marine Corps. Sgt. Meredith Keirn in Section 55

Military Funeral Honors with Funeral Escort for U.S. Marine Corps. Sgt. Meredith Keirn in Section 55

Aug 20 2019

The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Caisson Platoon help conduct military funeral honors with funeral escort for U.S. Marine Corps. Sgt. Meredith Keirn in Section 55 of Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, Aug. 8, 2019. 

From the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency:

In late November, 1950, Keirn was a light machinegun section leader for Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. He was reported to have been killed Nov. 30, 1950 while defending a hill overlooking the Toktong Pass, a critical main supply route between the villages of Hagaru-ri and Yudam-ni, North Korea. His remains were reportedly buried at the base of “Fox Hill,” in the Toktong Pass, but they could not be recovered following the war.

In August 2015, a South Korean citizen turned over remains believed to be U.S. servicemen from the Korean War. The remains were turned over to the U.S. Forces Korea Mortuary Affairs Office in Yongsan Garrison, Seoul, South Korea, which were subsequently turned over to DPAA.

To identify Keirn’s remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used Next Generation Sequencing and mitochondrial (mtDNA), Y-chromosome (Y-STR) and autosomal (auSTR) DNA analysis, anthropological analysis, as well as material and circumstantial evidence.

Keirn was officially accounted for on May 22, 2018.

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