Crewman Buried At Arlington 60 Years After He Died

Posted by admin on Jul 12, 2010

U.S. Navy Ensign Robert Langwell would have been destined for a dark, watery grave if not for the kindess of a fisherman in South Korea who pulled his body from the ocean some 60 years ago.

Thanks to a tip from that same fisherman, family members were able to bury him Monday at Arlington National Cemetery.

Langwell, a native of Columbus, Ind., died aboard the USS Magpie when the ship hit a mine and exploded off the coast of South Korea on Oct. 1, 1950, months after the start of the Korean War. Twelve soldiers survived; Langwell was one of 20 lost at sea. He was 26.

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