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04-12-2011, 18:13
Welcome Home Cpl. John W. Lutz, U.S. Army Ranger
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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)

April 12, 2011


Soldier Missing from Korean War Identified

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Army Cpl. John W. Lutz, 21, of Kearny, N.J., will be buried tomorrow at Arlington National Cemetery. From May 16-20, 1951, Task Force Zebra, a multinational force made up of Dutch, French, and U.S. forces, was attacked and isolated into smaller units. Lutz, of the 1st Ranger Infantry Company, part of Task Force Zebra, went missing while his unit was attempting to infiltrate enemy lines near Chaun-ni, South Korea, along the Hongcheon River Valley.

After the 1953 armistice, surviving POWs said Lutz had been captured by enemy forces on May 19, marched north to a POW camp in Suan County, North Korea, and died of malnutrition in July 1951.

Between 1991-94, North Korea gave the United States 208 boxes of remains believed to contain the remains of 200-400 servicemen. North Korean documents turned over with one of the boxes indicated the remains inside were exhumed near Suan County. This location correlates with the corporal's last known location.

Analysts from DPMO developed case leads with information spanning more than 58 years. Through interviews with surviving POW eyewitnesses, experts validated circumstances surrounding the soldier's captivity and death, confirming wartime documentation of his loss.

Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory also used dental comparisons and mitochondrial DNA – which matched that of his niece—in the identification of the remains.

More than 2,000 servicemen died as prisoners of war during the Korean War. With this accounting, 8,001 service members still remain missing from the conflict. For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO web site at http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo or call 703- 699-1169.

04-13-2011, 10:04
Welcome Home, Ranger!



04-13-2011, 10:12
Welcome home, Warrior!

wet dog
04-13-2011, 12:20
Welcome home Warrior, rest easy.

04-13-2011, 13:11
RIP, Ranger Lutz.

Richard :munchin

The 1st Ranger Infantry Company (Airborne) departed from Ft. Benning, Georgia on November 15, 1950, and arrived in Korea on December 17, 1950, where it was attached to the 2nd Infantry Division. The 1st Ranger Infantry Company (Airborne) opened with an extraordinary example of land navigation, then executed a daring night raid 9 miles behind enemy lines destroying an enemy complex. The enemy installation was later identified by a prisoner as the Headquarters of the 12th North Korean Division. Caught by surprise and unaware of the size of the American force, two North Korean Regiments hastily withdrew from the area. The 1st Company was in the middle of the major battle of Chipyong-Ni and the "May Massacre." It was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations.


04-13-2011, 13:29
Rest In Peace.

Trip_Wire (RIP)
04-13-2011, 14:13
Welcome home Ranger Lutz!

I'd like also to introduce SGM Lisi SF and Ranger 1st Airborne Ranger Company. (Now deceased.) He was a former member of the SFA Chapter 16 and served in Vietnam with SF. He was known for his skill with the long bow. He was a good friend. Also a picture of the patch that all Korean War Rangers settled on for their scroll.

04-13-2011, 17:04
Welcome home, Ranger Lutz...may you Rest in Peace.

04-13-2011, 17:27
Welcome home and Rest In Peace..

04-14-2011, 03:57
RIP Rangers, Vaya con Dios..

04-14-2011, 10:47
God Bless,Rest in Peace Warrior.........:(

Big Teddy

04-14-2011, 12:05
Welcome home RANGER. You have served your country well.

Red Flag 1
04-14-2011, 12:43
Rest In God's Peace Warrior. Welcome home Ranger.

04-14-2011, 19:02
Welcome Home...

God Bless