I have the honor of being this man's niece. I met the plane carrying him home to Iowa on the 30th of November 2007. He was later buried on 04 December 2007, with full military honors, in what WAS an empty grave with a memorial marker... located next to his parents.
I am grateful to the volunteer who posted this information for future genealogists use. I have been deeply involved with the search for information on Corporal Clem Robert Boody since the early 1990's at the request of my father, Clem's brother.
The loss of his brother Clem effected my father profoundly. He honored his brother, friend and "buddy" by keeping his memory alive through stories he told me while growing up. Some would curl your hair! They hunted & fished together, worked on cars together and chased girls together.
When I began doing family history research, my father asked if I could attempt to find out information on his brother, Clem, who had been listed MIA in 1950. The family never had information on where in North Korea Clem went missing nor under what circumstances. In 1954, my Grandmother received a Purple Heart certificate signed by the President Eisenhower and a letter from the Secretary of the Army promising the actual medal would arrive at a later time. It never did.
I wrote to every Military department I could think of hoping to be able to "score" some tidbit of information for my Dad on his missing brother. I repeatedly petitioned the Army to re-issue the long over due Purple Heart medal...I had very few replies and those I did get usually began with something like: "I have forwarded your information to Sgt. so & so".
I promised my father I would do everything I could to help him obtain the answers he sought about his brother's death. (Clem was declared dead 31 Dec. 1954) I was unsuccessful in getting the information before he himself passed away.
Long story shortened? mitochondrial DNA, which can only be submitted from the maternal lines of the family, is vital to the identification process...it differs from nuclear DNA in that it is more stable and preserves the best in bone for remain identification. Dental records and circumstantial evidence are also used.
Our military/family liaison received word on what would have been Clem's 81st birthday that his remains had been identified. This is when I first learned of the bipartisan trip to North Korea and of Presidential candidate, New Mexico's Governor Bill Richardson's involvement.
I wrote a thank you letter to Gov. Richardson, thanking him for his involvement and assisting in bringing my Uncle back to US soil.
He flew to Des Moines, Iowa to meet with myself and a Cousin...a private meeting during which in part, we were told the facts as the Governor knew them. I in turn, told him of the frustration of the family (OK, me...at least at the time) in obtaining answers. I told him of the AWOL Purple Heart. He said he'd look into it and the matter dropped. He didn't have to take the time, but he did.
On 05 November 2007, I was presented the long overdue Purple Heart medal by Governor Bill Richardson.
30 November 2007 Corporal Clem Robert Boody returns from The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (better known as JPAC or the Central Lab)in Hawaii to his home state of Iowa.
04 December 2007, Cpl. Clem Boody laid to rest