Private First Class, United States Army
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Service Number 13250737
Died while Prisoner of War
Died December 31, 1951 in Korea
Private First Class Kubic was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division.
He was taken Prisoner of War while fighting the enemy near Chowon-ni, South Korea on February 12, 1951 and died while a prisoner on December 31, 1951.
His remains were recovered and were identified on February 1, 2011.
His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. Private First Class Kubic was awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Prisoner of War Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
His whereabouts unknown for 60 years, Army Pfc. Peter Kubic has finally been laid to rest, buried next to other American heroes.
The Laflin man's remains were buried Thursday in historic Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
Kubic, then 22, disappeared after a battle in the Korean War on February 12, 1951. He was never heard from again. For six decades, family, friends, and concerned citizens worried and wondered about his whereabouts. His parents died without knowing.
Newspaper archives from the time say communist forces later claimed Kubic was captured as a prisoner of war and he died in a prison camp. At the time, the family continued to hold out hope he was alive. The U.S. military called the claims "unofficial and unconfirmed."
A breakthrough came in the early 1990s when North Korean forces gave the United States 208 boxes believed to contain the remains of up to 400 U.S. servicemen, the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced earlier this week.
Kubic's military identification tags were included with the boxes of remains handed over to the United States, officials said.
His remains were recently positively identified by matching them to a sister's DNA, officials said.
Another sister continues to live in the Shantytown section of Jenkins Township.
Newspaper archives note that Kubic enlisted in the Army in 1945 at age 17. He served in South Korea for two years during the United States' post-World War II occupation and then was released in 1948, coming home to work in Wilkes-Barre. In September 1950, he was recalled to active duty after the start of the Korean War.
He would go missing within several months at battle.
Kubic had five sisters and two brothers, newspaper archives say.
He attended Jenkins Township schools and was employed at the Wilkes-Barre Lace Mill between his periods of service in the Army.
Kubic was one of 142 servicemen from Luzerne County who were killed in the war. If he lived, he would be 82 today.
Kubic was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery around 8:45 a.m. Thursday following a grave side service, his decades-long journey home finally complete
Posted: 23 July 2011
Photo By Eileen Horan, September 2011