Korean War POW from Harriman, Tenn., to be laid to rest today

South Korean army soldiers patrol along the barbed-wire fence in South Korea's Paju near the border with North Korea, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. Military officials said Friday they plan to move ahead with large-scale U.S.-South Korea exercises later this month that North Korea, now finalizing plans to launch a salvo of missiles toward Guam, claims are a rehearsal for war. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The remains of an 18-year-old Korean War veteran from Harriman, Tenn., will be laid to rest today, nearly 70 years after his death while being held as a POW in Unsan, North Korea.

U.S. Army Cpl. Thomas H. Mullins of Harriman went missing on Nov. 2, 1950, while serving with Company L, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division in the vicinity of Unsan during the Korean War, according to a news release from the Tennessee Department of Veterans Services.

After the war ended, a former POW explained to American authorities that Mullins died of malnutrition and possible pneumonia while being held at POW Camp 5 in Pyoktong, North Korea.

The Army declared PFC Mullins dead on March 29, 1951, posthumously promoted him to corporal and notified his family of its findings, veterans officials said in the release.