Local Korean War Hero Killed In Action To Return Home Thursday

Image by Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

DUNKIRK – A City of Dunkirk native who died while fighting in the Korean War will finally come home for a proper burial.

Sgt. Gerald B. Raeymacker, whose remains were identified in August, was first reported missing in action on Dec. 6, 1950, in the vicinity of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces.

Following a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un last year, North Korea turned over 55 remains of U.S. soldiers, one of whom was Raeymacker.

Raeymacker’s remains were flown from Hawaii to the Buffalo Thursday morning.

The Korean War hero was a member of Battery B, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division, 31st Regimental Combat Team.

Saturday, Raeymacker will be buried in Willowbrook Park Cemetery next to his mother.

A Mass of Christian burial for the hereof will be on that same day at 10 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church on Central Avenue.  Services with full military honors will then move to the cemetery followed by a reception at American Legion Post 62.

Before the services, the church will open at 8:30 a.m. to allow any military or those who have served our country to offer their respect.


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