Korean War POW laid to rest 65 years after capture

ANNVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) – The remains of a Korean War soldier who died in a prisoner of war camp nearly 65 years ago were laid to rest Monday.

U.S. Army Corporal Martin King was buried at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

King was taken as a prisoner of war in November 1950. He was 18 years old when he died of starvation the following April. His remains were recovered at the POW camp several years ago, but were not identified until recently.

Joyce Corsnitz never knew her uncle. Like many in her family she was given up for adoption. She said her uncle’s burial helped mend her broken family.

“It’s just so hard to believe,” she said. “I met for the first time my nieces and everything.”

“There’s less and less people that can tell us where we came from and who we were. And now to meet, this would be my mom’s sister that I never met before, it’s just overwhelming,” said Gina Merwine, a relative.

King’s burial with full military honors followed a funeral in King’s hometown of Tower City. There are no known photographs of him, but family members say he won’t be forgotten.

“Hopefully, for the rest of the families that are out there somewhere, hopefully they can find the remains for the rest of them, that they can bring their troops home,” Joan Bohner said.

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