Prentiss County native Rowland’s remains found 71 years after death in Korean War

A photo of the late Jimmy Rowland, supplied by the Rowland family.

A Prentiss County/Baldwyn-area Army veteran who died in the Korean War will soon be laid to rest in his final resting place.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced Nov. 10 that Army Pfc. Jimmy Rowland, who was 19 when he was killed during the Korean War, was accounted for Nov. 5, 2021.

In July 1950, Rowland was a member of Heavy Mortar Company, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on July 16, 1950 while fighting North Korean forces along the Kum River north of Taejon, South Korea. He was never found, nor were any remains recovered that could be identified as Rowland. He was declared non-recoverable in January 1956.

Now, members of Rowland’s family members will meet with DPAA officials in December to discuss the next steps in identifying Rowland and giving him a proper burial.

“My Uncle PFC Jimmy Rowland at the age of 18 gave his life for our country in the Korean War,” Edward Rowland wrote on a Facebook post. “Monday I got a call that my Uncle’s remains had been found in Korea and that we will meet with officials on December 3 to plan his burial with Honors.”

Rowland told The News that while Jimmy Rowland has no surviving siblings, there is a host of nieces and nephews still alive. Plans will be announced once they are set.