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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The remains of a U.Ssoldier from Oklahoma City were returned to his home state nearly 70 years after he was taken prisoner during the Korean War. Army Sgt1st Class Alfred Bensinger Jr.’s remains arrived Wednesday in a flag-draped coffin at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. Funeral services with full military honors will be Friday at Fort Sill National Cemetery in Elgin, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southwest of Oklahoma City, according to Bensinger’s son, Gary Clayton of El Reno. Clayton said he was 2 years old when his father was sent to Korea and that he has no memory of him, not even a photograph of the two together. Most Read StoriesSeattle police fatally shoot man near Ravenna ParkDrinking alcohol key to living past 90, study saysSeattle arboretum loop trail opens up new vistas, opportunities  VIEWNortheast Seattle street project stirs cars-vs.-bikes debateWith work permits in limbo, spouses of H-1B visa holders worry they’ll lose jobsSale! Save up to 90% on subscriptions!“I’m just blown away about what the military had done here to get his remains back and to honor him,” Clayton told The Associated Press. The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency — or DPAA — said Bensinger’s remains were among 32 people found near Unsan, North Korea, in 2005 by a DPAA/Korean People’s Army Recovery Team, and were identified in July 2017 using DNA. Clayton, who said he changed his last name to that of the man his mother later married, said he had little contact with his father’s family, other than his grandfather and a chance meeting once with a cousin, although his mother told him that Bensinger’s brother occasionally visited her. “My uncle, when I was very young, he did come byShe said just to check and make sure I was OK … but I don’t remember it,” Clayton said. In addition to a brother, who Clayton said has died, his father has a sister who is in her 90s and provided the DNA that helped identify himHe said she plans to attend the funeral. Clayton said his father had no other children, and that his mother died eight years ago. Bensinger, 25 at the time, was a member of Company D, 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion 2nd Infantry Division when he was captured on Nov30, 1950Returning American POWs later reported that he died in January 1951 at a POW transient camp, according to the DPAA. About 7,700 military or civilian personnel remain missing from the Korean War, according to the DPAA. “Worldwide there are about 83,000 Department of Defense personnel across the globe that have not been accounted for … going back to World War II,” said spokesman Chuck Prichard. “We estimate about 34,000 are possibly recoverable,” Prichard said“The rest would be, like, deep water losses that we don’t have the technology to get to right now.” Clayton said he was notified late last summer that his father’s remains had been identified, but decided to wait until Feb16 for the funeral because that would have been his 93rd birthday. KEN MILLER Next Story‘Maze Runner’ publisher parts ways with James Dashner Previous StoryEven in crisis, Venezuela a factory for classical maestros // PROD-1622 Outbrain AB Test // Have to disable outbrain from running at this point based on optimizely test booleans (function() { if ( SEATIMESCO.hasOwnProperty('outbrain') && SEATIMESCO.outbrain.hasOwnProperty('enabled') && SEATIMESCO.outbrain.enabled === false ) { var outbrain = null; outbrain = document.querySelector('.OUTBRAIN[data-widget-id="AR_6"]'); if (outbrain !== null ) { outbrain.parentNode.removeChild(outbrain); } } })(); Contact Newsroom staff list FAQ Contact form About the company Seattle Restaurant Week Newspapers in Education Fund for the Needy Employment Historical Archives Pulitzers Company information Permissions Seattle Times Store Advertise Classifieds Autos Homes Obituary Jobs Media Kit Advertise with Us Subscriber Services Subscribe Activate Account Manage Subscription Place Temporary Hold Report Delivery Issue Make a Payment Print Replica Today’s Front Page Facebook Twitter RSS Feeds Newsletters Mobile Apps Subscribe

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