WICHITA, Kan. (AP) A veteran who died 61 years ago in a North Korean prisoner of war camp will be buried in Wichita on Saturday.
Army Cpl. Henry Johnson’s great-niece and her mother live in Wichita, and are the only known remaining relatives of Johnson. He had no known ties to Wichita.
A memorial service for Cpl. Johnson will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Jackson Mortuary and burial will be in Lakeview Gardens Cemetery.
The Wichita Eagle reports Johnson’s Army record shows he was taken prisoner in North Korea in 1950. Soldiers returning from prison camps in 1953 said Johnson died of starvation and exposure. He was 21 when he died.
Johnson’s remains were among 31 boxes of remains returned by North Korea in the 1990s. DNA analysis recently identified him.