By Josh Friesen, For the Journal
A Bingham County man who died as a prisoner of war 66 years ago will finally be properly laid to rest on American soil.
Army Sgt. 1st. Class Richard G. Cushman will be buried Nov. 11 in Cypress, California.
According to an account released by the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Cushmanâ€™s division encountered waves of attacks by the Chinese Peopleâ€™s Volunteer Forces in November 1950. Cushmanâ€™s division was forced to withdraw to the village of Kunu-ri. While there, a force consisting of Cushmanâ€™s company and an infantry platoon were ordered to destroy a road block and eliminate enemy troops. Cushmanâ€™s unit was overwhelmed during the mission, and by the end of the battle, Cushman could not be accounted for. After the war, two returning American prisoners indicated that Cushman had died while being held prisoner by the Chinese Peopleâ€™s Volunteer Forces.
In July and August of 2002, a joint recovery operation conducted by the U.S. and the Korean Peopleâ€™s Army excavated possible human remains, personal effects and material evidence from a site in Ung Bong Village, North Korea. Everything recovered was sent to a DPAA laboratory for processing.
Cushmanâ€™s remains were identified by matching mitochondrial DNA to those from a cousin and niece of Cushmanâ€™s. Anthropological analysis and circumstantial evidence matched his records.