Burial Service Scheduled for La Crosse Soldier Killed in Korean War
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A soldier from La Crosse who went missing nearly 65 years ago during the Korean War will be buried next Thursday at the Arlington National Cemetery.
The La Crosse Tribune reports Francis Knobel was a 20-year-old corporal in the U.S. Army when his 31st Infantry Regiment participated in battles near the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. Military records from the National Archives show Knobel was reported missing on Dec 12, 1950, at the end of a 17-day battle. He was among 154 U.S. forces declared to have been killed in action that day.
The Department of Defense exhumed the remains and identified them as Knobel's last year.
He will receive several decorations, including the Purple Heart, before being buried with full military honors outside of Washington, D.C.