Korean War Vet From Mays Landing, NJ, Finally Identified 70 Years After Death
The remains of a Mays Landing man who fought in the Korean War and went missing in 1950 have reportedly been identified more than 70 years later.
The 19-year-old Army soldier was reported missing back in November of 1950 during a battle near Unsan in North Korea. According to Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, other prisoners of war provided information that the soldier was captured and taken to a POW camp in Pyoktang, North Korea.
He reportedly died just four months later.
Finally, we know his identity. He was Private First Class Harry J. Hartmann, Jr., of Mays Landing.
Hartmann's remains were one of 495 discovered during a recovery operation in 1954, NJ.com reports. He and 37 others were buried at a national cemetery in Hawaii as unknown soldiers.
Four years ago, the DPAA had those remains exhumed in an attempt to finally learn their identities
In Hartmann's case, the venture was successful. Through dental records and advances in DNA technology and genealogy, he is unknown no more.
According to Nicolas Fernades at NJ Advanced Media, the DPAA plans to bury Hartmann in his hometown of Mays Landing. No information was given on the cause of death.
A debt of gratitude is owed not only to Harry J. Hartmann, Jr. and the ultimate sacrifice he made in service of his country, but also to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency for never giving up these unidentified, but never forgotten, veterans.