A Rhode Islander killed in the Korean War has been accounted for after more than seventy years. U.S. Army Sgt. Lawrence Robidoux, a 22-year-old Cumberland native, went missing in November 1950 and was later confirmed to have been taken prisoner and died in 1951. Although North Korea returned the remains of soldiers to the United States in 1954, Robidoux was not among them and was declared unrecoverable in 1956. Robidoux’s nephew, Denis Couture, stated that his mother discovered her brother’s death from a fellow prisoner of war and was devastated. After dental, anthropological, and DNA analysis, Robidoux’s remains have been positively identified. His family hopes that the remaining twenty prisoners of war held in the same camp as Robidoux will also be identified. Robidoux will be buried with full honors in Arlington National Cemetery, though a date has not yet been set.

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