Flags at half staff for fallen Korean War soldier

SEYMOUR, MO. - More than 65 years after his disappearance during the Korean War, U.S. Army Cpl. Donald E. Matney is being laid to rest.

The remains of Cpl. Matney have been positively identified and returned to Missouri for burial.

Matney, 18, was killed in action on July 20, 1950, during an attempt to delay the enemy from capturing a town near Taejon, South Korea.

Governor Nixon has ordered all U.S. and Missouri flags to be flown at half-staff this Saturday in honor of Matney, who is being laid to rest in his hometown of Seymour.

“After 65 years, this young Missouri soldier who gave his life for his country is being brought back home,” Nixon said. “The passage of years does not diminish the honor we pay to Cpl. Matney for his sacrifice.”

Matney's burial ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Seymour Masonic Cemetery.


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