"The remains of a 22-year-old U.S. soldier who was killed in 1950 during the Korean War returned home to San Francisco on Sunday morning, according to the United Service Organizations’ Bay Area chapter.
Army Pfc. James J. Leonard, Jr., went missing in July 1950, but his remains weren’t found until 2017. A construction crew discovered them during a road excavation near Yongdong village in South Korea, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced last week.
By analyzing the body’s dental records and using other clues, that agency identified Leonard’s remains.
Leonard attended Polytechnic High School in San Francisco and played the trumpet there before joining the Army.
In July 1950, Leonard and his regiment arrived east of Yongdong in South Korea. Battling with the U.S. Army, the Korean People’s Army took control of Yongdong on July 25 and Leonard was killed.
About 7,713 Americans who fought in the Korean War are still unaccounted for today, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
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