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Idaho soldier missing in Korean War to be buried in his hometown after 66 years

An Army soldier reported missing in action during the Korean War will be buried in his hometown of Shelley, Idaho, next week.

Idaho soldier missing in Korean War to be buried in his hometown after 66 years

DNA and other evidence from the remains helped confirm the identity of Army Corporal Charles B. Crofts, who was 19 when he was reported missing in 1950.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said that his remains will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Graveside services are set for July 9 at Shelley Cemetery.

The Army said Crofts' regimental combat team was overpowered by Chinese forces in North Korea. It was only in 2004 that recovery teams could find and remove remains in the area Crofts went missing.

Crofts' brother and his sister gave DNA to the military about 15 years ago but they were not very hopeful that anything would come of it.