Erie Soldier Killed During Korean War Accounted for
A soldier from Erie killed during the Korean War has been identified and will be returning to Pennsylvania to be buried, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) Monday.
Army Pfc. Harold K. Knight, 20, was accounted for in September 2019.
Knight was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 31st Infantry Regiment, 31st Regimental Combat Team in late November 1950. His unit was engaged in intense fighting with the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces at Sinhung-ri, near the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea, for several days.
The RCT endured repeated attacks before withdrawing Dec. 1, 1950. Knight was not among the group of returning personnel when unit leaders took count.
Knight was killed in action Nov. 25, 1950, according to witness accounts, but his remains were not recovered.
In June 2018, North Korea turned over 55 boxes, reported to contain the remains of American service members killed during the Korean War. DPAA scientists used anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence, to identify Knight's remains.
Knight is tentatively scheduled to be buried in the spring or summer of 2020 in Pennsylvania.
7,606 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War.