Remains of Korean War soldier to return to Oklahoma

Army Cpl. Bill McIntyre reportedly was killed in action in 1950 in the Korean War.
by Matt Patterson Published: January 17, 2014

An Oklahoma soldier who died in the Korean War will be buried in his home state, which is all his mother ever wanted.

Billy McIntyre, 19, was killed in action Dec. 7, 1950, after his Army unit was engaged by a superior enemy force.

McIntyre was part of the 31st Regimental Combat Team historically known as Task Force Faith. He had been deployed along the eastern banks of the Chosin Reservoir near Sinhung-ri, North Korea.

McIntyre will be buried Friday in Oklahoma City. Gov. Mary Fallin has ordered that U.S. and state flags on state property be flown at half-staff on Friday.

The Department of Defense said McIntyre was killed in action Dec. 7, but his nephew, Billy Plumlee, of Cordell, himself a veteran, grew up hearing a different story.

Plumlee said a POW released by the North Koreans after the war reported being in a prison camp with McIntyre, who he said had suffered a chest wound, either from a bullet or a bayonet.

Plumlee said the man believed McIntyre might have died in early February 1951 while being transferred to another prison camp, living about two months after being wounded in combat.

“We'll never know for sure but we're glad he's coming home,” Plumlee said. “My grandmother had always wanted him buried where he came from if he was ever found, and that's exactly what she's going to get.”

McIntyre was born in Carter, a small community in Beckham County. Plumlee said there are few family members alive today who knew his uncle.

“I've only got an uncle and an aunt left out of a pretty large family,” he said. “My aunt is 90 and she's glad he's coming back.”

Between 1991 and 1994, North Korea gave the United States 208 boxes believed to contain the remains of 200 to 400 U.S. service members. North Korean documents, turned over with some of the boxes, indicated that some of the human remains were recovered from the area where McIntyre was last seen.

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by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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