Soldier Missing From Korean War Accounted For
The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors
Army Sgt. Joseph M. Snock Jr. of Apollo, Pennsylvania, will be buried July 6, in Arlington National Cemetery. In late November 1950, Snock was assigned to the Heavy Mortar Company, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, 31st Regimental Combat Team (RCT), while fighting enemy forces east of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. On Nov. 29, 1950, Snock and elements of the 31st RCT, historically known as Task Force Faith, withdrew from their positions to consolidate with the rest of the 31st RCT south of the P'ungnyuri Inlet at the reservoir. During heavy fighting the day after consolidation, Snock was reported missing in action.
In 1953, as part of Operation Big Switch, returning U.S. service members
reported Snock had been captured and died from malnutrition and lack of medical
care in December 1950. His remains were not among those returned by communist
forces in 1954.
the identification of Snock, scientists from the DPAA and the Armed Forces DNA
Identification Laboratory (AFDIL) used circumstantial evidence, dental
comparison, and two forms of DNA analysis; mitochondrial DNA, which matched his
sister and brother, and Y-STR DNA, which matched his brother.
7,846 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using modern
technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that were
previously turned over by North Korean officials or recovered by American