MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A grateful nation never forgets, especially 66 years after a soldier’s sacrifice.
Sgt. Gerald Mueller was taken prisoner by the North Koreans after a battle in February of 1951.READ MORE: Twins, Lynx, And Gophers Take Home Weekend Wins
He later died following a grueling march to a prisoner-of-war camp.
His remains were repatriated and only recently identified using DNA.READ MORE: St. Paul Police Report Rapid Increase Of Overdoses, Warn Of Synthetic Opioids
Sgt. Mueller was given a proper burial Wednesday at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, and his family were able to finally remove “unknown” from his marble marker.
“‘In memory of Gerald Joseph Mueller, POW Korean War.’ And that marker will be replaced at his final resting place,” said Greg Beckweth, Sgt. Mueller’s half-brother. “Just an absolute hero.”
Mueller’s service was held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in St. Paul, the same church where he was married months before he went missing in action.MORE NEWS: 'It Was Just Nuts': Severe Storms Leave Residents With Damage, Debris, And Outages
The military has identified more than 180 MIA’s from World War II, Korea and Vietnam so far this year.