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MISSOULA --  The remains of a soldier who went missing 62 years ago in North Korea were identified recently and will be returned to his Stevensville family for burial this weekend.

The Department of Defense said Tuesday that it has identified the remains of Cpl. Luther J. James, originally of Sallisaw, Okla.

The 21-year-old soldier was assigned to the 31st Regimental Combat Team in November 1950, when he went missing along the eastern banks of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea.

“After coming under attack, they began a fighting withdrawal to positions near Habaru-ri, south of the reservoir,” the DOD release said. “During this withdrawal, James went missing.”

James’ remains will be returned to his Stevensville family and interred in Hamilton with full military honors this Saturday.

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