Dec. 14, 2016 —
Army Cpl. George A. Perreault, missing from the Korean War, has now been accounted for.
On Feb. 5, 1951, Perreault was a part of Support Force 21 and assigned to Headquarters Battery, 15th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, which was supporting Republic of Korean Army (ROKA) attacks against units of the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces (CPVF) in the area known as the Central Corridor in South Korea. On the evening of February 11, the CPVF launched a massive counterattack against the ROKA regiment. The ROKA withdrew, leaving American units to fight alone at Changbong-ni, until they were forced to withdraw too. After enduring a sustained enemy attack, the Support Force abandoned Hoengsong and moved toward Wonju. Perreault never reported to Wonju and he was reported missing in action on Feb. 13, 1951.
A list provided by opposing forces on Dec. 26, 1951 stated that Perreault died as a prisoner of war, though the information could not be confirmed. However, one returning American prisoner of war said that Perreault had been a prisoner of war. Based on the lack of information of his status, the U.S. Army declared him deceased as of Jan. 18, 1954.
Between 1990 and 1994, North Korea returned to the United States 208 boxes of commingled human remains, which when combined with remains recovered during joint recovery operations in North Korea, account for the remains of at least 600 U.S. servicemen who fought during the war. North Korean documents included in the repatriation indicated that some of the remains were recovered from the area where Perreault was believed to have died.
DNA analysis and circumstantial evidence were used in the identification of his remains.
Interment services are pending.