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Korean War MIA buried in NY cemetery next to mother who ached for his return

  • In this undated photo provided by Donna La Rosa, U.S. Army Pfc. Anthony Robert La Rossa is shown. The Pentagon says the remains of the New York City soldier missing from the Korean War have been identified and are being returned for burial on Long Island. La Rossa's remains will be buried with full military honors Dec. 15, 2014 at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/La Rosa Family Photo)

    In this undated photo provided by Donna La Rosa, U.S. Army Pfc. Anthony Robert La Rossa is shown. The Pentagon says the remains of the New York City soldier missing from the Korean War have been identified and are being returned for burial on Long Island. La Rossa's remains will be buried with full military honors Dec. 15, 2014 at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/La Rosa Family Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • A soldier salutes during a graveside service for Anthony La Rossa in Farmingdale, N.Y., Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. The 18-year-old New York City soldier listed for decades as missing in action during the Korean War is receiving full military honors at a funeral Monday on Long Island. The remains of Pfc. Anthony La Rossa of Brooklyn were returned to the United States by North Korea in the early 1990s, and only recently identified. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    A soldier salutes during a graveside service for Anthony La Rossa in Farmingdale, N.Y., Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. The 18-year-old New York City soldier listed for decades as missing in action during the Korean War is receiving full military honors at a funeral Monday on Long Island. The remains of Pfc. Anthony La Rossa of Brooklyn were returned to the United States by North Korea in the early 1990s, and only recently identified. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mourners watch as a casket containing the remains of Anthony La Rossa is a carried out of a church during his funeral service in Massapequa Park, N.Y., Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. The 18-year-old New York City soldier listed for decades as missing in action during the Korean War is receiving full military honors at a funeral Monday on Long Island. The remains of Pfc. Anthony La Rossa of Brooklyn were returned to the United States by North Korea in the early 1990s, and only recently identified.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Mourners watch as a casket containing the remains of Anthony La Rossa is a carried out of a church during his funeral service in Massapequa Park, N.Y., Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. The 18-year-old New York City soldier listed for decades as missing in action during the Korean War is receiving full military honors at a funeral Monday on Long Island. The remains of Pfc. Anthony La Rossa of Brooklyn were returned to the United States by North Korea in the early 1990s, and only recently identified. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)  (The Associated Press)

The remains of a New York soldier missing from the Korean War have been buried on Long Island, next to the mother who ached for his return.

Officials say 18-year-old Pfc. Anthony La Rossa of Brooklyn was serving in the Army's 2nd Infantry Division when his unit was attacked in South Korea by Chinese forces in February 1951.

La Rossa was reported missing in action two days later. His remains were among those turned over to the U.S. by North Korea in the early 1990s. They were only recently identified.

La Rossa was buried Monday with full military honors at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, next to his mother, Marie. A niece says most of the relatives who knew La Rossa have since died.