Posted: Nov 9, 2010 5:16 AM by Andy Koen
Updated: Nov 9, 2010 5:22 AM
The remains of a serviceman who died in a Korean prisoner of war camp are being returned to Colorado. He has been identified as Army Corporal Floyd Hooper, an infantryman who was captured in Korea in February of 1951.
Hooper's remains will be buried on Saturday in his hometown of Stratton, Colorado.
The Defense Department's Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced Friday that they had positively identified his remains by using dental comparisons of mitochondrial DNA that matched his brother.
Cpl. Hooper served with the 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. His unit fought Communist Chinese forces in support of Operation Thunderbolt.
Surviving POWs reported following the armistice of 1953 that Hooper had died of malnutrition and dysentery in a POW camp near Suan County.
Hooper's remains have been in America since the early 1990's when North Korea returned some 200 plus boxes of remains to the US containing anywhere from 200 to 400 servicemen.
The DPMO says developed case leads through interviews with surviving POWs and validated documentation of his captivity and death.
More than 2,000 servicemen died as prisoners of war during the Korean War, and more than 8,000 are still missing.