Army Private First Class Donald Durfee, killed in 1950, laid to rest in moving service in Rittman

RITTMAN, Ohio - United States Army Private First Class Donald Durfee is finally home.

During a moving ceremony Thursday afternoon at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, Durfee, who was killed in action in 1950, was buried with full military honors.

The Cleveland Police Traffic Unit escorted Durfee from Craciun Berry Funeral Home in Cleveland to the cemetery.

The remains of the solider from Painesville were turned over during Operation Glory in 1954 and later interned as an Unknown in the National Military Cemetery of the Pacific.

In November of 2013, he was identified through a military DNA registry.

On Tuesday, his remains were flown to Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland where he was greeted by Military Honor Guard, Airport Rescue and Firefighting Honor Guard and members of the Patriot Guard Riders.

The soldier was 19 years old when he was killed in action on Dec. 2, 1950 at the Chosin Reservoir Battle in North Korea.

Durfee has no surviving family members, but several military groups attended the burial service.



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