Remains of Korean War soldier from Tennessee identified

Posted at 8:26 AM, Apr 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-17 09:26:56-04

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Remains belonging to a soldier from Tennessee who was killed in the Korean War have been identified nearly seven decades after he was declared missing in action.

U.S. Department of Defense officials said Tuesday that scientists have used dental records and DNA testing to identify the remains of Rufus J. Hyman, of Memphis.

Hyman was a 23-year-old Army infantry officer when his division began fighting the North Korean Army near Kwonbin-ni, South Korea, in 1950. Hyman was declared MIA on July 30, 1950.

One year later, a team from the American Registration Service Group found an isolated burial in the vicinity of where Hyman was last seen. But the remains could not be unidentified.

In October 2017, the remains were disinterred. Hyman was officially accounted for in February.