Remains of Korean War POW buried in NE Indiana

(WISH Photo/Brett Bensley, file)

FREMONT, Ind. (AP) — The coffin carrying the remains of a northeastern Indiana soldier who died during the Korean war passed under a large American flag as it arrived at a cemetery for burial.

About 250 people attended Monday’s graveside service for Cpl. Leland Ford Smith of Angola. The Army says the infantryman was 18 years old when died from malnutrition at a North Korean prisoner camp in 1951.

Carl Short told The Herald Republican he always hoped his uncle’s remains would be found while his mother was still alive.

Smith’s three surviving sisters were among the mourners at Monday’s services at Jamestown Cemetery near Fremont.

Members of several area American Legion posts took part in the services at the headstone Smith’s family had placed for him in 1954. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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