North Texas Soldier Killed in Korean War Coming Home

By Frank Heinz
|  Friday, Dec 7, 2012  |  Updated 1:55 PM CDT
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North Texas Soldier Killed in Korean War Coming Home

The procession carrying the remains of Bobby Ray King.

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The remains of a North Texas soldier killed in the Korean War are coming home to be buried.

Bobby Ray King, of Seymour, was 19 when he was designated Missing In Action.  According to a report by the North Texas Patriot Guard Riders, who are taking part in King's procession Friday, the soldier fought in the Bloody Gulch Massacre and was one of 75 prisoners round up and shot by North Korean soldiers.

King's body was later found in a foxhole in South Korea's Pongam-ni.  With his remains unidentified at the time, he was buried with full honors as an unknown soldier.

After several years, his MIA designation was changed to KIA, Killed in Action, but his family remained vigilant about bringing their son home.

After six decades, using new technology and the  dental records and chest X-rays taken when King entered the Army, his body was able to be identified.

A few weeks ago, King's surviving family were notified that the war veteran had been buried in an anonymous grave in Hawaii.  Once identified, it was decided to bring King home to rest.

King will now be laid to rest at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery on Dec. 7.  Beginning at 10:15 a.m., a procession will carry King's remains from Laurel Land funeral home in Fort Worth to DFW National Cemetery.

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