FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – 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.