Previously “unknown” soldier laid to rest after 68 years

A burial service with full military honors is set for a U.S. Army soldier killed during the Korean War. The identity of his remains were unknown for more than 65 years.

Army Cpl. John G. Krebs, 19, a native of Sterling, Illinois, will be buried on Friday at Calvary Cemetery in his hometown.

Krebs was a member of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division when he was reported missing in action on July 11, 1950. In 1951, his unidentified remains were among a set of three buried as Unknowns in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. He was declared deceased in 1953.

Krebs was disinterred in 2018. Scientists from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) used dental, anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence to positively identify his remains on Dec. 17, 2018.

For more information about this service, contact Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling, 815-626-1131.

For additional information on the efforts to recover Krebs’ remains and the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at

For more information about U.S. Army Human Resources Command, visit:

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