9/21/2013 5:54 PM
by Joe Hellriegel
PRINCETON - The recently identified remains of a Mercer County soldier were brought to Princeton for their final resting place on Saturday.
Ronald C. Huffman was reported as lost on February 12,1951 in South Korea according to information released Wednesday by the U.S. Army.
The remains of the Mercer County soldier who was serving in the Korean War was returned and buried with full military honors at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. Huffman was only 18 years old when he was listed as missing in action.
"Not too long ago I was 18 years old in Korea setting up ambushes and fighting the North Koreans and any time we can celebrate the life of a fellow soldier that was killed in combat and the things a that he went through, I think everybody should come out and pay their respects," said Command Sergeant Major Brian Krabbe.
The United States flag was presented and folded to the family in honor of Huffman's service.
"Today was one of the highlights of our careers and I've got 28 years in the military and being able to bring one of our home that died in a hostile country that means more to us than anything in the world and the turnout today was tremendous and to all the veterans around in the state and country we appreciate it what they've done for us today," said Vietnam Veteran Keith Hedrick.