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Remains of US soldier killed in '53 identified

MALONE, N.Y. (AP) -- The remains of a northern New York soldier who was listed as missing in action during the Korean War have been identified.

The Pentagon says Master Sgt. Lawrence O. Jock of Fort Covington was identified June 25, the 64th anniversary of the start of the Korean War.

The 37-year-old soldier was serving as a forward observer with a field artillery battery in the 8th Army when his position was attacked on July 15, 1953 by Chinese forces in Kangwon Province, North Korea. After the battle, Jock was listed as MIA.

His remains were among those of 350 to 400 U.S. servicemen turned over by North Korea between 1991 and 1994. They were identified through DNA samples provided by his family.

Jock's remains will be buried with full military honors Aug. 1 in Malone in Franklin County.
 
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