Military funeral held 60 years later for Youngstown war veteran

RITTMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – The remains of a military hero are being laid to rest Thursday at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio.

Dennis Buckley was missing in action for more than 60 years after he was captured by Chinese forces in 1951 near Wonju, South Korea. Through DNA testing with family in the Valley, Buckley’s remains were identified and returned to Youngstown on Tuesday.

The full military funeral began at 1 p.m. The service includes an honor guard, taps, and flag presentation.

The Army learned about Buckley from a fellow member of his unit, who said Buckley died while in a Suan POW camp.

Buckley was fighting alongside the Republic of Korea against the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces when he was captured. U.S. Graves Registration Services organized searches for missing soldiers in 1953, but he was not located, according to Buckley’s obituary. He was declared dead in 1951 and posthumously promoted to the rank of Corporal in 1953.

Buckley’s remains were mixed with hundreds of others that were returned to the U.S. in 1994.

Among the seven medals that Buckley earned are the Purple Heart, a prisoner of war recognition and another for good conduct.

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