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Remains of NY Marine killed in Korean War identified

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — U.S. military officials say the remains of a Marine from New York killed during the Korean War have been identified.

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says Tuesday that Meredith Keirn’s remains were identified earlier this year.

The Pentagon says Keirn, of Niagara Falls, was a 24-year-old sergeant serving in the 1st Marine Division as a light machinegun section leader when he was reported killed during fighting on Nov. 30, 1950, in North Korea.

His remains were reportedly buried but couldn't be recovered after the war. In 2015, a South Korean citizen turned over the remains to U.S. forces.

DPAA scientists used DNA samples from his family and other evidence to identify the remains.

Information on funeral arrangements weren’t immediately available from military officials.

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