Sixty-Two Years After Death, Warrior Coming Home

Corporal Elmer C. Kidd, a Seneca Falls, N.Y. native, has finally come home over

Corporal Elmer C. Kidd, a Seneca Falls, N.Y. native, has finally come home over half a century after he was declared killed in action. Kidd's remains were included in more than 200 boxes and coffins that North Korea returned to the US in 1993 as part of ongoing goodwill gestures during nuclear talks between the US and North Korea.

Vinyl bags in each coffin contained personal items such as buttons, coins, identification tags, buckles, a spoon and, in one case, dentures. Some appeared rusted from years in the soil.

More than 60 sets of remains were returned between 1990 and 1993, and subsequently taken to the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii. Not all the bones were human. DNA testing only recently made it possible to identify Kidd.

Cpl. Elmer C. Kidd, who was 22 when he went missing in action, was a member of the Army’s Heavy Mortar Company, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing on Nov. 30, 1950, when his unit was near the Chosin Reservoir. After more than sixty years away from home, Kidd's remains arrived just after 11 a.m. this morning at Hancock International Airport. A plane-side ceremony was followed by a procession from the airport to the Seneca Falls funeral home.

Kidd's funeral will be at the Sanderson Moore Funeral Home in Seneca Falls on Friday at 11 a.m. It will be followed by a burial at Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery
 

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