Korean War soldier returns home for Bakersfield burial

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) A Bakersfield soldier killed in the Korean War is finally home.

The remains of Army Pfc. Roosevelt Clark arrived Wednesday morning at Los Angeles International Airport from Hawaii. Family members were there to greet the flag-draped coffin and escort the remains to Kern County for burial, which will take place Friday at Hillcrest Memorial Park on Kern Canyon Road.

Clark was killed in action more than 62 years ago. His remains were recovered over a decade ago from North Korea and were recently identified through DNA tests.

He grew up in Arvin and later moved to Bakersfield. Clark dropped out of Bakersfield High School to join the Army and was just 18 when he was reported missing in action on Nov. 28, 1950, according to a report from The Associated Press. Clark died three days earlier while fighting with the 35th Infantry Regiment when Chinese troops overwhelmed a position in North Korea.

Clark's remains were included in 208 boxes of commingled human remains, thought to be those of U.S. soldiers that North Korea turned over to the United States in the 1990s, the AP reported.

"It's a closure for us," his cousin, Rennie Hunter, who was just 7 when Clark was killed, told KABC-TV.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.