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Remains of Mass. soldier who died in N. Korean war camp in 1951 identified

WCVB Boston 9/23/2022
A general view of A P O W camp somewhere in Korea showing fence and guard tower on August 18, 1950. (AP Photo) © AP Images A general view of A P O W camp somewhere in Korea showing fence and guard tower on August 18, 1950. (AP Photo)

The remains of an East Boston soldier who died in 1951 while being held as a prisoner during the Korean War have been identified, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Friday.

U.S. Army Cpl. Joseph J. Puopolo, of East Boston, was a member of C Battery, 38th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division Artillery, 8th U.S. Army in late 1950 when he was reported missing in action on Dec. 2 as his unit attempted to withdraw from North Korea after the Battle of Ch’ongch’on. He was 19 years old at the time.

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In 1953, four POWs who returned during Operation Big Switch reported Puopolo had been a prisoner of war and died in February 1951 at Prisoner of War Camp No. 5.

In 1954, North Korea returned to the United Nations remains recovered from War Camp No. 5, but none were identified as Puopolo. In 2018, efforts began to identify 652 unknown sets of remains buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

Of those remains, Unknown X-14430 was identified as Puopolo using DNA and dental analysis.

Puopolo’s family was notified of the identification in August. He will be buried in Malden.

About 7,500 Americans are still unaccounted for from the Korean War, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

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