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BATON ROUGE, LA. — After dying in a Chinese prisoner of war camp more than 60 years ago, the remains of a Baton Rouge man will finally be laid to rest with full military honors in Church Point on Friday.
Lt. Col. Melinda F. Morgan, spokeswoman for the Department of Defense, tells The Advocate Army Sgt. Clement Thibodeaux Jr., was part of the 25th Infantry Division fighting against the Chinese north of the Ch’ongch’on River in North Korea in late November 1950.
Thibodeaux was captured and taken to a POW camp known as “Death Valley” and in 1953, returning soldiers told officials he died of malnutrition and pneumonia in 1951. His remains were not returned with others in 1954.
In 2005, a joint team excavated a site and found several remains, Thibodeaux’s among them.