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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Cpl. Clark E. Worline, 20, of Dupont, Ohio who died as a prisoner of war during the Korean War, was accounted for Sept. 9, 2022.
In the fall of 1950, Worline was a member of C Company, 2nd Chemical Mortar Battalion, 8th U.S. Army. He was reported missing in action on Nov. 26 after fighting against the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces near Sinjang, North Korea. While it is possible Worline was captured, there was no record or eyewitness accounts of him being held as a prisoner of war, though it was not unusual for prisoners who died to be unknown to other captives.
During Operation GLORY in the fall of 1954, 495 sets of remains from burial grounds around Prisoner of War Camp #5 were returned to United Nations Command. All but 38 were identified. Those remains were buried as Unknowns at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, also known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu in 1956.
In August 2019, during Phase 2 of DPAA’s Korean War Disinterment Project, X-14326 Operation GLORY was disinterred from the Punchbowl as part of the planned exhumation of Operation GLORY burials originating from Camp #5 and transferred to the DPAA Laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for analysis.
To identify Worline’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.
Worline’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are still missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.
Worline will be buried in Dupont, Ohio on a date yet to be determined.
For family and funeral information, contact the Army Casualty Office at (800) 892-2490.
To see the most up-to-date statistics on DPAA recovery efforts for those unaccounted for from the Korean War, go to the Korean War Accounting page on the DPAA website at: https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaFamWebKorean.
For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.
Worline’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000M7EYLEA3.