After 70 Years a Southwest Virginia Soldier Killed in Korea is to be Buried Back Home
Army Corporal Roy H. Thomas was a native of St. Charles. He was originally reported missing in action in 1950 at the age of 22, according to a release from the U.S. Army Human Resources Command.
Thomas was reported MIA after his unit was involved in a battle in North Korea. According to the release, his remains could not be recovered following the battle.
After the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un in June 2018, North Korea turned over 55 boxes that were purported to contain the remains of American service members killed during the Korean War. The remains were taken to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for identification. In December 2020, he was accounted for and identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
Nearly 70 years after he was reported MIA, Thomas’ remains were turned over to the United States by North Korea. Thomas was a member of Company M, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action in December 1950 after his unit was attacked by enemy forces while trying to withdraw near the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea.
Thomas’ name is recorded in Honolulu on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Now that he has been identified, there will be a rosette placed by his name to show that he has been accounted for.
Corporal Roy H. Thomas, U.S. Army, MIA of the Korean War, will be buried with full Military Honors on Sunday, June 5, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in the Woodway Community.
The family, Rolling Thunder and other Military escorts will meet at Mullins-Sturgill Funeral Home, 298 Harrell Street, Pennington Gap, at 11:30 a.m. to prepare the procession traveling to Odd Fellows Cemetery, 362 Odd Fellows Road, Pennington Gap. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.sturgillfuneralhome.com. Mullins-Sturgill Funeral of Pennington Gap is in charge of the arrangements.