On Tuesday, July 9, between 11:45 AM – Noon, the funeral procession for United States Army Private First Class (PFC) Roger Woods, a previous Unknown Soldier from the Korean War, is expected to pass through Miami Township northbound on I-275 and eastbound along State Route 28 into Goshen Township.
According to a Facebook post by the Miami Township Police, “The family of PFC Woods invites everyone to safely line the procession route and wave American flags to welcome this American Hero home nearly 70 years after he went missing in action and made the ultimate sacrifice for his country.”
PFC Roger Lee Woods was born on May 31, 1932 in Hamilton County to Aubrey C. Woods and Nina Marie Woods.
He was last seen on July 29, 1950. Roger had been missing for 69 years but he never forgotten by his parents or his siblings Aubrey C. Woods Jr., Thomas Woods, George W. Woods, Roger Woods, Donald Woods, Carolyn King and Gary Woods all of whom have all already passed.
Roger is survived by many nieces and nephews. Roger was one of the first soldiers to be sent to Korea where they were greatly outnumbered while given the task of stalling the enemy advance to provide time for the UN forces to amass.
His unidentified body was later recovered and placed at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. Upon many contributing factors, his body was finally identified and his surviving family was notified.
A visitation will be held at Evans Funeral Home, 1944 State Route 28, Goshen, on Wednesday, July 10th from 5-8 PM. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 11th at 11 AM. Burial and military honors will be held immediately following the funeral service at Goshen Cemetery.