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Remains Identified Of North Texas Soldier Who Went Missing During Korean War

McKINNEY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Military officials have identified the remains of a 20-year-old North Texas soldier who went missing in 1950 following a combat operation in South Korea.

Army Pfc. Mathis O. Ball, who was born in Denton, Texas, is scheduled to be buried Nov. 18 in the southeastern Oklahoma town of Bokchito.

Military authorities say Ball's company was fighting North Korean forces in July 1950 before he was declared missing in action in the Korean War.

Remains were recovered later that year from an isolated grave and ultimately interred in Honolulu as an unknown soldier.

The Honolulu Memorial includes eight Courts of the Missing.
The Honolulu Memorial includes eight Courts of the Missing. (American Battle Monument Commission)

The remains were disinterred last year and scientists used DNA, dental and other analyses to confirm in August that the remains were those of Ball.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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