Remains of 1st Wisconsinite Killed During Korean War Arrive in Ashland

Updated: August 15, 2019 03:18 AM

70 years after a 19-year-old Ashland veteran was killed during the Korean War, he is finally home. The remains of Army Pvt. Edward M. Morrison arrived Wednesday evening in his hometown. 


Morrison was a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, when he was killed in action by small arms fire on July 6, 1950. According to his obituary, "he was the first Wisconsin Army personnel to pass away in the war."

On April 4, 1951, a set of remains, designated Unknown X-900 Tanggok was recovered near Kwang Jong-ni, South Korea, by a team from the 565th Graves Registration Service, and interred at the United Nations Military Cemetery Tanggok, South Korea, the Defense Department said. 

A List of Other Wisconsinites Who Died During the Korean War 

The remains were later transferred to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu where they remained Unknown until April 2018. Pvt. Morrison was positively identified on May 31, 2019. 

According to his obituary, Morrison graduated from DePadua High School in Ashland in 1949. He is currently survived by his siblings Ann Krouse, Harriet Yachinich, and Barbara Bjork, Iron River, along with a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

On Wednesday, the MN Patriot Guard gave Morrison an escort to Ashland. Visitations will be held Friday and Pvt. Morrison will be buried with full military honors on Saturday, in Mt. Hope Cemetery. 

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