Patriot Guard Riders from Southeast Texas will be helping to escort the remains of a recently identified Korean war era veteran from Louisiana.
The remains of U.S. Army Sgt. James E. Martin, who was reported missing during the Korean War, will be passing through Beaumont on the way to Anacoco, LA. according to Sandra Womack of the Southeast Texas Patriot Guard Riders.
Local riders traveled to Houston Tuesday morning to escort Martin's remains from the airport in Houston to Vinton, LA, where riders from Louisiana will provide escort the rest of the way.
Martin, a member of Company I, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, was reported missing in December of 1950 according to a release from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
Because Martin's name did not appear on any list of prisoners of war and no repatriated Americans reported Martin as a POW the U.S. Army declared him deceased in December 1953 the release said.
Martin's unidentified remains were discovered during the 25th Joint Recovery Operation in 2001 according to the release.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced on October 25, 2016 that Martin's remains were finally identified through DNA analysis, as well as circumstantial and anthropological evidence according to the release.
Internment is scheduled for November 17, 2016 in Anacoco, LA.
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