Korean War veteran killed in 1951 to be laid to rest in Tennessee

A Tennessee native and Korean War veteran who died in enemy captivity in North Korea in 1951 will finally be laid to rest after his remains were found nearly 65 years later.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, U.S. Army Pfc. Lotchie J.R. Jones will be buried Friday at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Jones' remains were found by Chinese forces in 1954, but were misidentified as another soldier.

In 2014, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command's Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii re-examined the records and determined resources to identify the remains now existed, the Times Free Press reported.

The remains were exhumed in July 2014 and researchers used chest radiographs, dental records and skeletal remains to identify Jones.

"The family would like to thank the United States Army and the service of men and women who invested their time and enduring energy in bringing our loved one home," family spokesperson Lotchia Allen Jones said, according to the Times Free Press.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam declared a day of mourning for Friday and ordered flags at half-staff to honor Jones.

Jones posthumously received the Combat Infantry Badge, Prisoner of War Medal and Purple Heart Medal, the Times Free Press reported.

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