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Funeral held for Korean War veteran

A funeral was held Friday for a Korean War veteran who died more than 60 years ago. Army Corporal Elmer Kidd’s remains were recently identified through DNA testing. Kidd was just 22 years old when he died – he would be 84 today.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- A funeral was held Friday for a Korean War veteran who died more than 60 years ago.

Army Corporal Elmer Kidd’s remains were recently identified through DNA testing.

Kidd was just 22 years old when he died – he would be 84 today.

After six decades, Army Corporal Elmer Kidd is finally home.

“The Korean War, we lost almost 54 thousand men in three years. You have to be in the service to understand the camaraderie that people develop among themselves,” said Korean War Veteran Ed Grala.

Kidd was 20 years old when he left Seneca Falls and joined the Army. Two years later he was killed in the Korean War.

“We just want the family to know that we appreciate what they have gone through as well,” said Patriot Guard member Nigel Heaton.

For the family, it’s been decades of question. Now, there is finally some peace of mind and answers.

“I am very proud of him. All of these years you may have been missing, but never forgotten,” said Kidd’s nephew Larry Stuck.

He gave his life during what’s something called “the forgotten war.” But as the flag from his coffin is handed to his sole surviving sister, the next generation of our military reminds her that it’s a token of appreciation from a grateful nation in honor of his service.

Kidd’s family considered burying him in Arlington National Cemetery, but instead buried him here at home.

The Army says Corporal Kidd died in November of 1950 in the battle of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea

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