A firing party from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) marches into position to conduct Military Funeral Honors with Funeral Escort for U.S. Army Master Sgt. Carl Lindquist in Section 55 of Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, Aug. 5, 2019.
From the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency:
In late November 1950, Lindquist was a member of Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. The unit, designated the 31st Regimental Combat Team (RCT), engaged with forces of the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces (CPVF) in a battle on the east side of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Lindquist was reported missing in action during the battle, on Nov. 29, 1950.
In 1954, United Nations and communist forces exchanged the remains of war dead in what came to be called “Operation Glory.” All remains recovered in Operation Glory were turned over to the Army’s Central Identification Unit for analysis. None of the recovered remains could be associated with Lindquist and he was declared non-recoverable.
One set of remains returned during Operation Glory were reportedly recovered from an isolated grave on the east side of the Chosin Reservoir. The remains, designated X-15902, were determined to be unidentifiable and were interred as an Unknown in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu.
In July 2013, following thorough historical analysis and research, DPAA disinterred Unknown X-15902 from the Punchbowl and sent the remains to the lab for identification.
To identify Lindquist’s remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis, dental, anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence.
The U.S. flag from Lindquist’s casket was present to his nephew, Terrell Myllenbeck.
(U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery / released)
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