Sgt. Melvin Wolfe was laid to rest on Monday in Boulder City. (FOX5)
BOULDER CITY, NV (FOX5) -
An Army sergeant who was missing in action during the Korean War was laid to rest Monday in Boulder City.
The U.S. Department of Defense said it was able to identify the remains of Sgt. Melvin Wolfe of San Diego. At 18, Wolfe was a member of K Company, 31st Regimental Combat Team that came under attack in North Korea in 1950, according to the defense department.
Wolfe's company withdrew to a more defensible position, according to officials, which resulted in his being missing on Dec. 12, 1950.
Wolfe was identified among remains excavated from a mass grave in an inlet of the Chosin Reservoir. The Defense Department said the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used circumstantial evidence and DNA testing to identify Wolfe.
Wolfe was buried at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
Officials noted more than 7,900 American service members are unaccounted-for from the Korean War.
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