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Military & Motorcycles_February 15, 2013

Published on February 15, 2013 under Born To Ride

Welcome Home Soldier

Monday was a day long awaited by family members of Robert W. Scott who has been missing since December 1, 1950. Robert was assigned to the 31st Regimental Combat Team – Heavy Mortar Company who were engaged along the eastern banks of the Chosin Reservoir near Sinhung-ri, South Hamgyong Province, in North Korea against a vastly superior number of enemy forces. On December 1, 1950, Robert was reported MIA (Missing in Action) along with others in his unit. Officially, on the 31 of December, 1953 Robert was declared dead by the DOA (Department of Army) however, he was still registered as MIA.


At the end of last year (December 2012) the remains of Robert W. Scott were identified while JPAC (Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command) and AFDIL (Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory) used circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools, such as mitochondrial DNA–which matched Scott’s brother.


Between 1991 and 1994, North Korea gave the United States 208 boxes of remains believed to contain the remains of 200-400 U.S. service members. North Korean documents, turned over with some of the boxes, indicated that some of the human remains were recovered from the area where Robert Scott was last seen. Using modern technology, which was not available at the time identifications continue to be made from remains that were previously turned over by North Korea. There are still more than 7,900 Americans unaccounted for from the Korean War.


Cpl. Robert W. Scott, 19, of Detroit, has been returned to his family and a grateful nation and was interred in the hallowed ground of Sarasota National Cemetery on Monday February 11, 2013 with Full Military Honors, which was attended, by an Army Brigadier General as well as numerous Patriot Guard Riders and civilians.


Robert W. Scott has been awarded the following medals and citations: National Defense Service Medal, Purple Heart, Korean Service Medal w/3 Bronze Stars, Navy Presidential Unit Citation, Combat Infantry Badge, United Nations Service Medal, Republic of Korea-Korean War Service Medal, and the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation.


Welcome Home Soldier, stand down your tour is done and rest in peace. Thank you for your service to our country.


God Bless America and all those who have or are currently serving in uniform,


Terry Longpre





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