POW Finally Coming Home 65 Long Years After Being Starved to Death at the Age of 19

The Silent Soldier

Lone Soldier, North Korean War. (Snapshot: Pinterest) Lone Soldier, North Korean War. (Snapshot: Pinterest)

November 7, 2016

Written by Lorra B.

After 65 years, Prisoner of War, Wayne Minard, is finally coming home.

Minard was only 17 when he enlisted in the U.S Army, having begged his mother to let him enlist before his 18th birthday.

It was only two short years later, Feb. 16, 1951, that Minard starved to death in a North Korean prison camp, according to The Bellingham Herald.

Wayne Minard  (Photo Credit: Bruce Stubbs)

Wayne Minard (Photo Credit: Bruce Stubbs)

“Against great odds, the U.S. military found his remains in far northern North Korea, at a time (2005) when that troubled country still allowed some searches for remains by U.S. military recovery teams. The Army wasn’t sure for the next 11 years about whose remains they’d lifted out of that roadside grave. But DNA analysis proved the remains were Minard’s.”

According to the Pentagon, Chinese…

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