West Virginia soldier taken into account in the Korean War
WASHINGTON â The Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Cpl. Pete Conley, 19, of Chapmanville, West Virginia, killed in the Korean War, was enumerated on June 5, 2020.
In the late 1950s, Conley was a member of K Company, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on December 12, 1950, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. After the battle, his remains could not be recovered.
On July 27, 2018, following the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un in June 2018, North Korea handed over 55 boxes, believed to contain the remains of US servicemen killed in the war. from Korea. The remains arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii on August 1, 2018, and were then adhered to the DPAA lab for identification.
To identify Conley’s remains, DPAA scientists used anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence. Additionally, scientists in the Armed Forces Forensic Pathologist System used analysis of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and autosomal DNA (auSTR).
Conley’s name is registered on the Missing Courts at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with the other Korean War dead. A rosette will be placed next to its name to indicate that it has been taken into account.
Conley will be buried in Pecks Hill, West Virginia. The date remains to be determined.
For more information on family and funerals, contact the Army Victims Office at (800) 892-2490.