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 Subject: Korean War Vet
Author: Buddy LST 1126
Date:   3/26/2012 10:03 am CDT
After 60 years, fallen Korean War veteran is finally laid to rest
March 23, 2012|Staff report

U.S. Army Cpl. Chester Roper was finally laid to rest today, 60 years after the young man died in the Korean War as a prisoner of war. But without hearing anything about the whereabouts of the 20-year-old or even if the man was dead or alive, the family could not find closure and could never arrange for a funeral.
That changed in December when a Department of Defense special unit assigned to attach names to U.S. troops killed in past conflicts confirmed that unidentified remains held in Hawaii were those of Roper, who died in North Korea. They used dental records and an old X-ray of Roper's clavicle to make the identification.
Today, the fallen soldier was finally laid to rest near his family at Evergreen Cemetery in Evergreen Park surrounded by generations of relatives, some whom had never met the man but had learned about him through family stories.
A military honor guard stood at attention as a bugler played taps and Roper's relatives wiped away tears and received the folded American flag that rested on the brown wooden coffin.
His grave marker will be inscribed with his name and the message "Welcome home."
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A few WW2 type LST's remain in service today, but not in the USA.