Rhode Islander Sgt. Lawrence Robidoux, who went missing in action during the Korean War and was later found to have died in captivity in 1951 at the age of 22, has been identified and his remains have been accounted for after over 70 years. Although Robidoux was not among the North Korea soldiers’ remains returned to the US in 1954, he was positively identified through dental, anthropological, and DNA analysis. In an interview, his nephew, Denis Couture, mentioned that his family learned of Robidoux’s death from another prisoner of war, and his mother never let her brother’s memory die with him. Robidoux will receive full military honors upon being buried at Arlington National Cemetery, and his family remains hopeful that the remaining 20 prisoners of war from the same camp as Robidoux will also be identified.

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