Remains of Korean War Veteran from Albuquerque to be Interred

For Immediate Release

May 19, 2015

Remains of Korean War Veteran from Albuquerque to be Interred With Full Military Honors

at Santa Fe National Cemetery

Saturday, May 23 (12:45pm)

(SANTA FE, NM)—The remains of former Korean War Prisoner-of-War and Albuquerque South Valley native Abelicio “Abie” Apodaca will be interred with full military honors on Saturday, May 23 at

12:45 p.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

According to U.S. Army records, U.S. Army Corporal (CPL) Apodaca was taken prisoner after a three-day battle with Communist forces east of Chuam-ni, South Korea, in mid-February 1951. Records indicate he died at the Pyoktong POW Camp on March 31, 1951. CPL Apodaca was just eighteen years old.

His remains were positively identified last November as part of an ongoing effort by the U.S. Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency to identify and return the remains of U.S. service members who were listed as Missing in Action during the Korean War, or who perished in captivity after being taken prisoner by North Korea.

Apodaca’s sister Teresa Aguilar—his only living immediate family member–will be arriving from California for the service. Teresa never met her brother–she was born nine years after Abie arrived in Korea.

New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services Secretary Jack Fox is among the guests also scheduled to attend.

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