Technology helps ID remains of Willmar soldier reported missing in Korean War

Carl Lindquist Photo: Department of Defense
Carl Lindquist

November 30, 2018 11:08 AM

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency - part of the Department of Defense - has announced that the remains of a soldier from Willmar who had been unaccounted for since the Korean War were identified this summer.

The release said Army Master Sgt. Carl Lindquist, who was reported missing during a battle on the east side of the Chosin Reservoir on Nov. 29, 1950, was accounted for on June 4 of this year.

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According to the release, in 1954, United Nations and communist forces exchanged the remains of war dead in what came to be known as "Operation Glory." All remains recovered were turned over to the Army's Central Identification Unit for analysis. But none of the remains recovered could be associated with Lindquist, and he was declared non-recoverable.

However, one set of remains that had reportedly been discovered from an isolated grave on the east side of the Chosin Reservoir had been determined to be unidentifiable and were interred as Unknown in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (known as the Punchbowl) in Honolulu.

However, in July 2013, following what is described as thorough historical analysis and research, DPAA disinterred the remains and sent them to a lab for identification.

There, the release said, scientists used mitochondrial DNA analysis, dental, anthropological and chest radiograph analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence to eventually make an identification.

The release notes that 7,675 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War.

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