State honors soldier who died during Korean War

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia is honoring a soldier from Marion County who died in a prisoner of war camp during the Korean War.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has ordered all West Virginia and U.S. flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff from dawn to dusk Thursday in honor of U.S. Army Cpl. Alva C. Groves of Four States.

Groves’ unit was attacked by Chinese forces northeast of Kujang, North Korea, in November 1950.

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office says Chinese forces reported in 1953 that Groves was captured and died in a prisoner of war camp on April 14, 1951, from tubercular peritonitis.

The federal office says Groves’ remains recently were identified. Burial was scheduled Thursday at the West Virginia National Cemetery in Grafton.

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