The first Wisconsin soldier killed in the Korean War will make his way back to Ashland through the Twin Ports on Wednesday, Aug. 14.
Edward Marshall Morrison, known as “Buster,” was 19 when he was killed by small arms fire on July 6, 1950, while defending a position north of P’yongt’aek, South Korea, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
He was a member of 1st Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, and was the first casualty of his company during its second engagement in the war. His remains could not be recovered following the battle.
In April 1951, a set of remains, designated unknown X-900 Tanggok, were recovered near Kwang Jong-ni, South Korea. When identification attempts failed at the Central Identification Unit at Kokura, Japan, they were transferred to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, for interment as an unknown in Honolulu.
In April 2018, the remains were disinterred, and Morrison was identified using dental, anthropological and chest radiograph comparisons and DNA. The Army private was accounted for May 31, according to the DPAA website.
A funeral procession is expected to leave the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport between 1:30 and 2 p.m. Wednesday, and travel north to Duluth on Interstate 35 before turning onto U.S. Highway 2 for the trip back to Ashland, where services will be held Saturday, Aug. 17.
For updates on the procession, visit bratleyfamilyfuneralhomes.com/obituary/edward-buster-morrison.