A local man who lost his life more than 68½ years ago fighting as an infantryman in the Korean War has been laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.
The service for U.S. Army Pfc. William Hoover Jones was conducted on Thursday morning at the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel, which is adjacent to the cemetery. After the service, a horse-drawn caisson was part of the procession into the cemetery and to the interment site.
Jones, 19, was considered missing in action, but as a result of efforts by President Trump, North Korean Communist dictator Kim Jong Un in July 2018 released 55 coffins containing the remains of fallen U.S. soldiers.
Jones' remains were subsequently identified with the help of DNA and military and X-ray records. Jones' remains were kept in Hawaii before being flown to Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
On June 20, the remains were transported in a motorcade from the airport to H.D. Pope Funeral Home in downtown Rocky Mount.
The next day, the remains were transported to lie in state at the state capital, where Gov. Roy Cooper read a proclamation and laid a wreath. A couple of days later, a memorial service was held at Word Tabernacle Church in Rocky Mount.