LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Sixty-two years later, the remains of a local soldier reported missing in action during the Korean War are being returned to his family.
Army Pfc. Roosevelt Clark, of Arvin, Calif., will be buried on March 1, in Bakersfield. His remains arrived at LAX early Wednesday morning.
Clark was just 18 years old when he was reported missing in action on Nov. 28, 1950, while fighting with the 35th Infantry Regiment in North Korea.
Between 1991 and 1994, North Korea gave the United States 208 boxes of human remains, believed to contain the remains of 200-400 U.S. servicemen.
Documents turned over with the remains indicated that some were recovered from teh area where Clark was believed missing in 1950.
Scientists identified Clark’s remains using dental comparisons, as well as DNA, which matched Clark’s aunt and uncle.
“It means so much to us,” Clark’s cousin, Rennie Hunter, told KTLA on Wednesday. “We are just overjoyed that he’s coming home and that we have some closure.”
Clark attended Bakersfield High School, where he played on the football team. He dropped out in April 1950, during his junior year, to join the Army.