WASHINGTON, May 24, 2018 —Army Cpl. DeMaret M. Kirtley, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for on May 4, 2018.
In late November 1950, Kirtley was a member of Battery A, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 31st Regimental Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division. Approximately 2,500 U.S. and 700 South Korean soldiers assembled into the 31st Regimental Combat Team (RCT), which was deployed east of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, when it was attacked by overwhelming numbers of Chinese forces. As the Chinese attacks continued, American forces withdrew south. The U.S. Army evacuated approximately 1,500 service members; the remaining soldiers had been either captured, killed or missing in enemy territory. Kirtley was reported missing in action on Dec. 6, 1950, when he could not be accounted for after the withdrawal. He was last seen in the vicinity of Hagaru-ri, Changjin County, Hamgyeong Province, North Korea.
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Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days prior to scheduled funeral services.
Kirtley’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing in Honolulu, along with the others who are missing from the Korean War.