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Ceremony postponed marking recovery of Niagara Falls Marine's body from North Korea

A ceremony that was to mark the recovery of the remains of a Marine from Niagara Falls has been postponed indefinitely.

The event honoring Sgt. Meredith F. "Buster" Keirn had been scheduled for Thursday in the Elderwood at Lockport nursing home. Keirn died Nov. 30, 1950, in combat against Chinese forces in North Korea. His remains were returned to the U.S. in 2015. In May, a DNA test provided positive identification.

Keirn died after his left arm was blown off by a fragmentation grenade, according to the 2009 book "The Last Stand of Fox Company," by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin.

Keirn's nephew, Richard Reeves, said Wednesday that the ceremony was called off at the request of the family of the Marine's brother, Darr Keirn, a patient in the nursing home.

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