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News | Sept. 5, 2017

Sailor Killed During Korean War Accounted For (Payne)

Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class William G. Payne, killed during the Korean War, has now been accounted for.

In late November 1950, Payne was a medical specialist assigned to the 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, fighting against repeat Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces (CPVF) attacks in the area surrounding Yudam-ni, North Korea. Payne was killed during the fighting on Dec. 1, 1950 and was reportedly buried in a temporary cemetery at Yudam-ni.

Interment services are pending; a formal notification will be released 7-10 days prior to scheduled funeral services.

DPAA is appreciative to the Department of Veteran's Affairs for their partnership in this mission.

Payne’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle Monuments Commission site along with the other MIAs from the Korean War.

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