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Funeral planned for Korean POW returned home after 56 years

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Sgt. Kermit LeJeune Sgt. Kermit LeJeune

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date at St. Edward Catholic Church in Richard for Sgt. Kermit J. LeJeune. 

Sgt. Kermit J. LeJeune was one of the many unaccounted-for soldiers after the Korean War.  He was in the U.S. Army, Light Weapons Infantryman, Company K, 3rd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division.  Awards: Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, United Nations Service Medal, Republic of Korea War Service Medal, and Combat Infantry Badge.

He was taken as a prisoner of war while fighting the enemy in the battle zone of Chongchon Ricer, North Korea, on Nov. 28, 1950.  He died while a prisoner on March 31, 1951.  His death at Camp #5 occurred because of malnutrition, and he was buried there. His family received official notification that he was missing in action in January 1951. He was a resident of the Richard community. His parents are Lorenza and Aurore LeJeune and he was a graduate of Morse High School. He was buried and listed on the Courts of Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii. 

A meeting was held among Maj. Adrian Massey, Chief, Transitions Section Casualty & Mortuary Affairs Branch, from Fort Knox, Kentucky, next oldest kin of Sgt. Kermit J. LeJeune, Roland LeJeune, and SFC Jason Adams, Casualty Assistant Officer, from Fort Polk.

Other family members gathered as well to begin making plans for the transportation of LeJeune back home to honor him with a proper burial with his family in St. Edward Catholic Church Cemetery in Richard.

Duhon Funeral Home of Church Point will be in charge of arrangements.

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