A Well Deserved Homecoming

With little fanfare a US soldier has come home…..

The Korean War has been over for 60+ years and yet not everyone has come home….one more causality of that war has made a much deserved homecoming……

The remains of an Army medic from Massachusetts who was reported missing in action during the Korean War in 1950 are returning home for burial, military officials said Tuesday.

Cpl. Jules Hauterman Jr. is scheduled to be buried in Holyoke on March 31 with full military honors, according to the Pentagon’s Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

Hauterman, of Hampden, will be buried in the family plot with his parents and sister, said David Stuntz, whose 94-year-old mother is Hauterman’s cousin.

Hauterman was 19 years old when he was reported missing in action during the fighting withdrawal of the 31st Regimental Combat Team from the Chosin Reservoir in December 1950, military officials said.

More than 1,300 Americans, pursued by the Chinese army, were captured or killed.

Neither the Chinese nor the North Korean armies listed Hauterman as a prisoner, and no returning American POWs reported any information about him, so he was declared dead.

Remains recovered from the reservoir area in 1954 were declared unidentifiable and buried the next year in Hawaii.

Those remains were disinterred last June and were sent to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency’s lab for analysis.

Dental and anthropological analysis and circumstantial evidence matched Hauterman’s records.

The Accounting Agency said 7,757 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War.

(yahoo news)

Welcome home soldier….may you Rest in Peace…..

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8 thoughts on “A Well Deserved Homecoming

  1. Interesting how with each new conflict (war, if you will) our technology for rapid medical attention and the accountability of the deceased in battle gets better (we also don’t make attacks en masse as a strategy anymore). Also, mission parameters have also changed regarding this idea of “leaving no man behind”.. a noble concept to be sure, but when any unit gets a casualty, wounded or death, the mission suddenly changes from strategic to then worrying about getting the casualty or deceased back with the rest of the crew. Rather makes each strategic mission, like with Seal Team Six-type operations, very vulnerable because of the sudden mental shift in mission priority. Back in the day the mission itself was more important than the physical remains of casualties.

    1. Doug, the mission today is everything….leave no man behind is a great slogan but is not rooted in reality…every member of the team knows it and accepts it….chuq

      1. Not sure I share that, chuck. As I am aware, a part of enemy strategy has been to inflict a casualty at least in order to shift the moral focus of the mission at hand.. especially when fighting Western Powers because our sense of value toward a life is greater. The last PUBLIC account of a mission leaving a deceased person behind I can recall was the aborted raid to rescue the Iranian hostages, and in that case the remains were inaccessible inside the burning chopper and the others had to scoot outta there quickly. We ended up getting the remains back after negotiations.
        No question every member accepts the risk of being killed, wounded, or captured but when there is a man down that not only shifts the paradigm in staying to the plan with a force reduction but also shifts the psychological focus of the others.

      2. Every small unit has a medic…he will remain behind to attend to the wounded until otherwise ordered…..snipers have always gone for mass shots….a wounded combatant is a hindrance and will use up needed man power…so small units work on that assumption and quickly adjust…the mission will continue….chuq

  2. There is something very touching about the return of this man after so long. It must be comforting for his family, to some degree. Perhaps this is a timely lesson, with all this talk about intervention in Korea.
    Regards, Pete.

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