La Crosse native buried at Arlington National Cemetery

Francis Knobel served in Korean War

La Crosse native Francis Knobel was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday.

Knobel was a corporal in the U.S. Army who went missing 65 years ago during the Korean War. Last year, the Department of Defense was able to identify his remains and began the process of providing him an official burial at Arlington.

Congressman Ron Kind attended Knobel’s burial service.

“Mr. Knobel paid the ultimate sacrifice while bravely serving our country as a member of the United States Army. It is my honor to join Mr. Knobel’s family for the burial he has long deserved,” Rep. Kind stated. “Sixty-five years after Mr. Knobel went missing his story serves as an important reminder about the need to honor our fallen heroes with a proper military burial. It’s what a great nation should do and I was honored to attend the service.”

The burial conincides with the start of Memorial Day Weekend, when the nation takes time to honor our fallen soldiers and remember the sacrifice they have made for our country.