Posted Tuesday, October 9, 2012 --- 11:18 a.m.
APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- A soldier from Appleton has been buried with full military honors, more than 60 years after his death.
Private First Class Arthur Hopfensperger died in the Korean War in 1950 when he was 18. His remains were uncovered by an MIA command that helps the Department of Defense look for missing soldiers. The command excavated a battle area where Hopfensperger was killed in North Korea. Family members provided DNA to match his remains.
Hopfensperger was finally laid to rest at Appleton Highland Memorial Park Monday afternoon.
His cousin, also Arthur Hopfensperger, tells WLUK-TV the family is relieved that he's finally back home where he belongs. As family and friends gathered to say good bye, so did servicemen and women and veterans from all branches of the military.
Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.