Boccieri Delivers Final Salute To Fallen Comrade
Remains of missing Korean War veteran will be returned to family today

State Rep. John Boccieri (D-Poland) today delivered a salute to a fallen comrade who had been missing in action since February of 1953. The remains of Corporal Dennis Buckley, a Korean War veteran, will be returned to Lane Family Funeral Homes in Austintown, Ohio today. The U.S. military will deliver the corporal to Pittsburgh International Airport so that members of the Pennsylvania National Guard can bring his remains back to Ohio.

“His sacrifice, like that of every American veteran, is a testament to the selfless commitment of members who have served,” said Boccieri. “I honor him today and thank him for his contributions and for his family’s patience over the decades.”

Corporal Buckley’s family endured decades of questions of what happened to the corporal after he went missing in action over 60 years ago.

“This closure, decades later, in no way diminishes the sacrifices of the Buckley family,” said Boccieri. “I salute Corporal Buckley and all the other soldiers who remain missing in action and hope that someday their families may too have closure.”

After the federal home receives the veteran today, it will partner with Eleanor Stevenson – Corporal Buckley’s only living family – and members of the Ellsworth Veterans of Foreign Wars to bring the remains to the National Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio on Thursday.

Rep. Boccieri is a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who has flown wounded and fallen soldiers out of Iraq. Presently, he is a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserves and commander of the 757th Airlift Squadron at the Youngstown-Warren Air Reserve Station.

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