by BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
The remains of a Mercer County soldier who was reported as “lost” in 1951 while serving in the Korean War have been returned to Mercer County and will be buried with full military honors on Saturday at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton.
Pfc. Ronald C. Huffman was reported as “lost on Feb. 12, 1951, during a battle near Saemal, South Korea,” according to “unclassified” information released on Wednesday by the U.S. Army. Huffman, 18, was serving in K Company, 3rd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, of the U.S. Army when he was lost. “He was accounted for on Aug. 8, 2013,” according to the information released on Wednesday.
“Once we identified Pfc Huffman’s remains, we located a relative who could receive the remains,” Dave Marcum, Memorial Affairs coordinator for the Fort Knox Casualty Assistance Center that serves all Ohio and Indiana as well as parts of Kentucky, Michigan and West Virginia.
“I put the flag case together for Pfc Huffman,” Marcum added.
Marcum added the following statement to his release of the unclassified information: “As the Army moves ever forward, it is fitting that we pause from time to time, to remember the deeds and struggles that brought us to where we are today. And most importantly, to pay honor to those that showed the way.” During a telephone interview Thursday afternoon, Marcum added that Huffman had been a prisoner of war.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, 650 Courthouse Road, Princeton with Pastor Casper Dalton officiating. Roselawn Funeral Home and Cemetery in Princeton is serving the Huffman family. Sgt. 1st Class James A. Payne, U.S. Army, will be present to assist the family as well.