Remains of Fallen U.S. Soldier from Hagerstown Returns Home 62 years Later

Remains of Fallen U.S. Soldier from Hagerstown Returns Home 62 years Later

Private First Class H. Kline Blevins' remains return home 62 years after making the ultimate sacrifice.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - A young American soldier, who gave his life during the Korean War, was just laid to rest at home 62 years later.

"They were good men. They were real good men," said Robert Miller, U.S. Army Veteran.

U.S. Army Private First Class Heren Kline Blevins was just over 18 years-old when he was taken as a prisoner of war in the Chosin Resevoir in December of 1950. Fellow prisoners say the Private died of hunger in January one year later.

Childhood friend and neighbor, Robert Miller, says he served the Army during the Korean War with both Private Kline and Kline's older brother, Jean. Miller says Jean was also killed in the War, but was buried at Rest Haven Cemetary in 1951.

"Us boys played ball together, and you didn't jump one without the other taking up. They were good boys," said Miller.

Miller says soldiers endured brutal conditions in the Korean War, especially where Private Kline was taken prisoner.

"The Chosin Resevoir was 50 (degrees) below. I had shoes half torn off, snow packed around my feet, but I still had my feet, and I was lucky," shares Miller.

Private Kline's remains were flown to Hawaii in the 1990's, when North Korea returned several unaccounted soldiers from the War, but it wasn't until several months ago that his remains were identified. Sergeant Johnathon Hudson volunteered to escort Private Kline's remains from Hawaii to Hagerstown.

"This was 60 years in the making, I don't see how you could ever close that book," said Sergeant Hudson.

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