More than 50 years after his tragic capture during the Korean War Palatine native, Cpl. Stanley Paul Arendt comes home.
The remains of Arendt, a POW who was executed in the Asian country, will be shipped to his family so they can gain the closure they’ve been longing for, the opportunity to bury him, according to the Sun-Times.
Jim was three when his brother went off to war. He recalls a letter his family received from Cpl. Arendt who believed the future was looking bright just days before his death.
“He didn’t think the war could go on much longer because the North Korean forces had taken such a beating by the Americans,” Jim told the Daily Herald.
Unfortunately his prediction was wrong.
Enemy forces captured Cpl. Arendt and nine other soldiers during the Battle of Unsan, one of the most devastating U.S. loses of the Korean War, according to the Air Force Reserve Command website. They held them as POW’s and executed them on November 16, 1950, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
About six years ago, a farmer unearthed bones in a field and the Army got permission to check them out. After years of tests on leg bones and teeth, investigators identified the remains as that of Stanley Arendt, according to the Daily Herald.
Cpl. Arendt was 22 when he died.
Next Monday at 10 a.m. he will be buried with full military honors at St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery in Palatine in a grave near his parents.