JOHN EARL COPELAND REMAINS IDENTIFIED! WILL BE RETURNED FOR BURIAL IN ARLINGTON CEMETERY! GRANDDAUGHTER WILL RECEIVE MEDALS AND RIBBONS ON AUGUST 29!
Last year, I was contacted by a forensic genealogist who saw my information about John Earl Copeland. I put her in touch with John Earl's cousin George Clark Copeland (then age 92) and John Earl Copeland's granddaughter Taina Copeland, so that DNA samples could be collected and compared to remains found in New Guinea. A year later - success! John Earl Copeland's remains have been identified and will be buried in Arlington Cemetery. On Aug. 29, Taina and her daughter Belinda will receive John Earl Copeland's medals and ribbons at the Cherryvale Cemetery where her father, John Earl Copeland JR is buried. So wonderful to know that my genealogy work and outreach has helped bring John Earl Copeland home!
From the Montgomery Chronicle, Kansas.