Remains of MIA Korean War vet returned to Sterling after going unidentified for 65 years


STERLING, Ill. (WTVO) — Nearly 70 years after giving his life while serving in the Korean War, a Sterling native finally returns home.

Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling posted video of Cpl. John Krebs’ arrival at O’Hare Wednesday morning, where he was met by military personnel, the Chicago Fire Department, and Chicago Police.

Krebs was 19 years-old when he was killed by North Korean forces in July of 1950.  But, the armed forces couldn’t find him following the battle and listed him as Missing in Action.  Remains were found in 1951, but they couldn’t determine who it was.

Those remains were buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.

In December 2018, scientists from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency used dental, anthropological and chest radiograph evidence to identify him

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