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Family receives closure 65+ years after soldier’s death

Though it has been decades since U.S. forces were in combat on the Korean Peninsula, the battle continues for the families of veterans who are listed as Missing in Action. Fortunately for the family of Sgt. Willie Rowe, their battle for closure is over.

Sgt. Rowe’s remains were recently discovered and identified by the Department of the Army’s Survivor Outreach Service. Rowe’s nephew, Charles McKeller of Gloucester Point, received a notice in early May that his uncle’s remains had been identified and would soon be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. 

Willie Rowe, a Hampton resident, joined the Army in 1950 and served in L Company 3rd Battalion of the 9th Infantry Regiment, part of the 2nd Infantry Division. 

Toward the end of that year, the 8th Army, which included the 2nd Infantry Division, was ordered to push north to drive North Korean and Chinese forces out of the Ch’ongch’on region. This came in response to a series of &ldq...

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