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Soldier missing in action from Korean War identified as Poplar Bluff man

David Woodruff (Photo courtesy David's brother Peter Woodruff) David Woodruff (Photo courtesy David's brother Peter Woodruff)

By Heartland News & AP

POPAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - Fifty-eight years after a young soldier was reported missing during the Korean War, his remains are returning to Missouri.

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Thursday that the remains of Pfc. David Woodruff of Poplar Bluff have been identified and will be returned for burial on Wednesday at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis.

On Feb. 11, 1951, the Chinese Army attacked U.S. troops near Hoengsong, South Korea. Woodruff was captured. Officials say he died in or near a North Korean prison camp. He was 20.

In the early 1990s, North Korea turned over boxes believed to contain the remains of up to 400 U.S. servicemen. 1 of the boxes contained Woodruff's remains.

Woodruff's brother says the family is thankful for closure.

He will be buried with full military honors next week in St. Louis.

Read the press release from the U.S. Department of Defense.

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