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WENATCHEE — Edwin Galarneau might not have any immediate family left, but quite a crowd is expected to be on hand when the long-lost Korean War veteran is laid to rest Tuesday.
The former prisoner of war, who was missing in action for more than 60 years, will be buried in an active-duty military service at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Wenatchee Cemetery.
The service will take place in the military section at the south end of the cemetery on Western Avenue.
His story has touched many hearts this week after it was announced that he was one of 200 MIAs across the country whose remains were identified last year.
Galarneau was 21 and serving in the 7th Infantry Division, an Army artillery unit, in North Korea in November 1950. The unit had been engaged in a battle for four days when they retreated. Galarneau was injured in the retreat and taken prisoner around the first of December. He is believed to have died about 20 days later in a prison camp, according to information provided by the U.S. Army.
A large number of remains were returned to the U.S. by the North Korean government in the early 1990s, and his were positively identified last year after comparing them to DNA for a half-brother in Montana who was born after Galarneau went missing.
The military and local funeral directors who are organizing the service knew little about Galarneau’s life in Wenatchee. But after a story was published in The Wenatchee World this week, some of his second cousins have come forward with more details.
At least two of the second cousins plan to attend the funeral on Tuesday.
His mother, Bertha, died in 1988, never knowing her son’s fate. She held out hope for years that he would be found alive and kept a scrapbook with letters from the military.