Remains Of Korean War POW Finally Home In Exeter For Burial

Jun 2, 2015


POW Elmer Richard of Exeter
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The remains of a New Hampshire soldier taken prisoner during the Korean War are back in his hometown of Exeter for burial with full military honors.

The remains of Army Cpl. Elmer Richard — identified through his brother's DNA — arrived at a funeral home Monday afternoon. A church service and burial will be Wednesday on what would have been his 85th birthday.

Richard was captured in Korea in 1950 at the age of 20 and died in captivity.

His sister, Jeannette McDonnell, said their mother died in 1993 after decades of trying in vain to learn her son's fate.

Richard was one of 12 Korean War POWs from New Hampshire to be posthumously awarded a Purple Heart five years ago.