Morrison

Edward "Buster" Morrison

Almost 70 years ago, a 19-year-old Ashland man, Edward "Buster" Morrison, enlisted in the U.S. Army and marched off for duty in Japan. But just after he arrived, North Korea invaded U.S. ally South Korea, and he was sent to battle, under-equipped and ill-prepared.
 
In his first action, Buster and about 1,000 other American troops were overrun by a force of 12,000 North Koreans. He was in his foxhole when he was killed - the first Wisconsinite to die in the conflict.
 
Buster's body ended up in a mass grave and, after the war, it arrived in Hawaii with hundreds of others, there to rest unidentified for decades.
 
But DNA testing recently made possible an identification, and next week, Buster is coming home to Ashland for the burial - and recognition of his sacrifice - that he never received.
 
Read all about Buster's life and death, and his family's quest to have him brought home, exclusively in Saturday's print edition of the Ashland Daily Press.

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