64 years after being killed in Korean War, soldier comes home to northeast Ohio for final salute

442 Ohio soldiers still missing from Korean War

CLEVELAND - In 1950, United States Army Private First Class Donald Durfee from Painesville was killed in action during the Korean War. Durfee is coming home for a final salute Tuesday.

His remains were not recovered until 1954 and his remains were only recently identified through DNA in November.

For 60 years, his remains were interred as an unknown U.S..Soldier. Now that Durfee is coming home to Cleveland, he has no surviving family members in Ohio.

But he is not alone; 7,500 Americans are still unaccounted for from the Korean War with 442 from Ohio.

Parma resident and Staff Sergeant Richard Borkowski saw combat in Korea.

Borkowski, now 82, plans to be there Wednesday as Durfee is lying in honor at Craciun Berry Funeral Home at 7200 Detroit Ave.

"Although I didn't know him, he's one of our own.  I went through this war, and he served with pride and he deserves and needs to be recognized," Borkowski said.

Veterans groups plan to attend the services.

Durfee's remains are expected to arrive at Hopkins International Airport around noon Tuesday.

Newsnet5.com will livestream Durfee's arrival - click here to watch.

He will be escorted by the Ohio Patriot Guard Riders, Cleveland police and fire units to the funeral home.

His remains will continue lying in honor Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

He will be buried Thursday at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman with full military honors.

Durfee's procession is expected to arrive at the funeral home around 12:30 p.m. to 12;45 p.m. Tuesday.

People are asked to put out flags along the route Tuesday which includes West 65th and Denison and West 72nd and Detroit.
 

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