June 28, 2016

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Korean War veteran to be buried today in memorial cemetary

It’s more than 5,000 miles from Hawaii to Brunswick. Now only 21 more miles stand between Marine Cpl. Clarence H. “Bud” Huff Jr. and his final resting place.

Huff, who grew up in Hinckley Township, died in 1950 in the Korean War, but his remains were identified earlier this year, using advanced forensic techniques.

Clarence H. Huff Jr.

His body was returned from Hawaii, where he had been interred with hundreds of other unidentified servicemen in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

He will be buried today, following a funeral procession that will pass through the heart of Medina County to the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.

The procession will begin at 9:45 a.m. at Waite and Son Funeral Home in Brunswick, 3300 Center Road, travel west on state Route 303, south on U.S. Route 42 through Medina Public Square and on to state Route 3 to the cemetery.

A Hinckley police cruiser will represent Huff’s hometown in the procession.

The military service is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

Huff was 20 when he was reported killed in action on Dec. 2, 1950, during the Battle at Chosin Reservoir. He was a member of Item Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.

Huff had eight siblings and graduated from Hinckley High School in 1948.

His brother, Robert Huff, said: “My mom waited and waited for this, and unfortunately she died in 2002. Now that we’re getting everything set up, it kind of hits home.

“Now they know where he is.”

Contact Michelle Sprehe at (330) 721-4048 or msprehe@medina-gazette.com.