Korean War veteran receives burial - 60 years later

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

Paul Marshall Gordon will be returning to Grant County after he went missing in January 1951.
He will be given a funeral with full military honors later at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery in Williamstown.

His family has spent 60 years waiting for word on what became of their loved one, a POW from the Korean War.
“The family never gave up that they’d find him and he’d come home,” said Jerry Gordon, a nephew.

Jerry said he was always told that Paul idolized his older brother, Artha, who served in WW II.
“That’s why Paul snuck in the army when he really was under age,” Jerry said.
In 1966, when Doll and Urie, Paul’s parents died, a marker for him was installed at Hill Crest Cemetery in Dry Ridge.

From time to time the family would receive letters from the military that they were still actively looking for Paul’s remains.
In 1999, the military took DNA samples from Paul’s siblings, Artha and Dorothy Gayheart.

Negotiations between the United States and North Korea in recent years have resulted in field investigation and excavation teams being allowed into North Korea to search for the remains of missing service members.

In January, the Gordon family received the long awaited news that indeed Paul’s remains had been found. Since 1992, they were located in the tomb of unknown soldier in Hawaii.
“We’d been getting those letters for so long that we never expected someone to call and say they found him,” Jerry said.

The DNA tests revealed the remains identity and Gordon has been sent home.
“Grandma would tell Paul’s story, even down to the smallest child, but to us it was just a story we grew up with, but now it’s real,” Jerry said.