Friday, August 9, 2013
Fallen Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Pfc. Jonathan R. Posey Jr. will be buried August 12 in Arlington Nation Cemetery.
Posey was killed in action on December 2, 1950 during the Korean War, but his remains were not identified until 2012, according to the Department of Defense.
The 20-year-old Posey, a native of Dallas, Texas, was assigned to assigned to L Battery, 4th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton.
He also served with the 7th Marine Battalion out of Twentynine Palms.
In 1954, an exchange of war dead between the United Nations and the Communists took place, and was known as "Operation Glory." The Army Central Identification Unit received numerous unidentified American human remains from the Communists for analysis. But it would take almost six decades for Pfc. Posey to be identified:
In 2012, analysts from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command reevaluated Posey’s records and determined that portions of the remains recovered from Operation Glory should be exhumed for identification. To identify the remains, scientists from JPAC used circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools, such as dental and radiograph comparison, which matched Posey’s records.
According to the Pentagon, more than 7,900 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War.