Funeral services for Sgt. 1st Class Wallace Bob Slight will be in his hometown Friday. He was killed in action during the Korean War in 1950. Slight grew up in Stuart, Iowa about 90 miles east of the metro.
The Iowa National Guard says Slight was involved in a battle near the Chinese border in November 1950. The 24-year old was among more than 350 U.S. servicemen reported missing in action after the battle. Although his remains were not recovered, he was officially declared deceased on February 4, 1954.
In 1993, 50 boxes of purported U.S. servicemember remains were turned over by North Korea to the United Nations Command. In 2003, family members provided DNA samples. Slight’s surviving family members were recently notified that his remains were identified through DNA, dental comparisons, and circumstantial evidence.
A memorial service will be held at Stuart-Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church at Noon on Friday. The church is at 219 NW 2nd Street in Stuart. He will be buried at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter, Iowa with full military honors.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Korean War Project, PO Box 180190 Dallas, TX 75128 or online. Proceeds are used to facilitate identification and recovery of U.S. servicemembers missing in action from the Korean War.