Home again: McAllen soldier killed in Korean War to be buried 70 years after going missing

The remains of a soldier from McAllen who died during the Korean War are set to be interred Friday at the Arlington National Cemetery.

Army Major Harvey Harrell Storms was a member of Heartquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, which was part of the 31st Regimental Combat Team, and was reported missing in action on Dec. 1, 1950 after his unit was attacked near the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. His remains could not be recovered following the battle.

The Texas A&M alumni was awarded several medals including the Silver Star and the Purple Heart for his leadership and valor.

During his final fight, Storms led an attack up Hill 1221, where Chinese gun positions were firing down on their exposed convoy, in an attempt to help his fellow soldiers escape. He was severely wounded and suffering from frostbite.

Storms was 34 years old at the time of his death.

North Korea turned over 55 boxes believed to be the remains of several American service members killed in the Korean War on July 27, 2018, following the summit between Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency used anthropological analysis as well as circumstantial and material evidence to identify Storms’ remains.

Though Storms’ name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, a rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Storms’ funeral will be held at Everly-Wheatley Funerals and Cremation in Alexandria, Virginia.

To this day, over 7,500 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War.

To learn more about Major Harvey H. Storms and the Korean War, visit harveystorms.com.