Painesville soldier killed in Korea given military burial

CLEVELAND -- A Painesville soldier who died 64 years ago while serving a tour of duty in the Korean War has been laid to rest with full military honors in Northeast Ohio.

Donald D. Durfee, private first class United States Army, was just 19 years old when he was killed in action on Dec. 2, 1950, at the Chosin Reservoir Battle in North Korea.

Durfee's remains were turned over during Operation Glory in 1954 and later interred as an "unknown" in the National Military Cemetery of the Pacific. He was later Identified on Nov. 5, 2013, through the military's DNA registry.

Durfee's remains were returned to Hopkins earlier this week under escort from the Army and were greeted by a military honor guard, airport rescue and firefighting honor guard and members of the Patriot Guard Riders.

The honor ceremony represents the 250th honor salute since the inception of the CLE Fallen Soldier program in 2002.
Durfee has no surviving family, but several military groups were there to honor the veteran.

Durfee was laid to rest at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.


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