Region 8 Veteran Shot Down in Korea to get Miltary Funeral Today

MAY 31, 2005 - Posted at 7:20 a.m. CDT

NORFORK, AR - A Korean War pilot from Norfork who was shot down in 1952 in the Korean War is to finally have a military funeral.

Today's ceremony in Dallas will mark the end of a long journey for Troy "Gordie" Cope.  The Pentagon announced in February that Cope's remains had been identified after being found in China.

In 1999, the Pentagon used a Soviet archive to discover new facts about what had happened to the pilot on September 16, 1952, near the North Korea-China border.  From there, the American military was able to determine that Cope was, in fact, killed in the crash.

Until then, the Cope family had held out hope that the pilot had survived and been captured.  He had been in a dogfight with North Korean fighters, which were actually flown by Soviet airmen.

The case has put a spotlight on a Russian role in the 1950-53 Korean War that was kept quiet for decades.

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