Soldier killed in combat identified, laid to rest after 66 years

Posted at 5:42 PM, May 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-29 18:33:45-04

CINCINNATI -- This Memorial Day was especially important for one Cincinnati family who laid a fallen soldier to rest more than 60 years after he died.

Pfc. Everett Eugene Johnson never returned home to Cincinnati from the Korean War. His remains were found in a mass grave in South Korea, where he laid unidentified for 66 years.

On Monday, Memorial Day, he was honored with a military funeral.

"Honoring Pfc. Johnson in this manner was so priceless," said Lt. Col. Patrick Douglas. "Never leave a fallen comrade. That shows myself and other young soldiers that, at no point the Army will never stop."

Douglas is a member of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Calvary Regiment -- the same regiment as Johnson.

"For you to actually give the honor to a soldier who has earned it, to give him this deserving honor, is my extreme pleasure," Douglas said.