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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) recently announced that Marvin D. Actkinson of Sudan, who died during the Korean War, has been accounted for.  

Army Cpl. Acktinson, 18, was officially accounted for on Oct. 1. He was a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division in late 1950. He was reported missing in action on Dec. 2, 1950 after his unit was attacked by enemy forces as they attempted to withdraw near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea.  

Acktinson’s remains were not able to be recovered following the battle.  

North Korea turned over 55 boxes purported to contain the remains of American service members killed during the Korean War in June 2018. The boxes were turned over to the DPAA laboratory to help identify the remains.  

According to the DPAA, Actkinson’s remains were identified through anthropological and isotope analysis as well as circumstantial evidence. Scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA, Y chromosome DNA and autosomal DNA analysis.  

Actkinson will be buried in Colorado City with the date yet to be determined. For family and funeral information, contact the Army Casualty Office at 800-892-2490.  

Nathan Giese

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