Years ago a marker was set at Heckathorn Cemetery in Cranberry Township, Venango County. For a long time there was no body or remains of any kind under the marker, yet it reads:
Harold K. Knight,
PFC, U.S. Army
JUN 10, 1930 - NOV 25, 1950"
Beside the memorial maker is a stone with the names of his parents Irene and Henry Knight.
Today Harold was finally brought home to rest beside them.
In 2018, 55 boxes of remains of American service members were returned to the United States from North Korea. One box contained remains recovered from the east side of the Chosin Reservoir where Knight was last known to be.
On September 4, 2019, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency positively identified the remains of Harold Kenneth Knight, of Erie who was originally from Venango County.
Military scientists used anthropological analysis, evidence of eye witnesses and location of the remains, and DNA to confirm it was Knight's remains.
During a rounding up of personnel on Dec. 1,1950, it was confirmed Knight was not accounted for and deemed missing.
Eye witness accounts stated Knight was killed on November 25, 1950, but his body could not be recovered.
He was officially declared missing in action and later memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
In March 1954, Knight was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart Medal.
She and brother Albert Knight and sister Frances Thompson are the only living siblings. Their father died in 1992 and mother in 1949, when Harold was home on leave before heading to Korea.
The Oil City and Franklin fire departments created a ladder truck archway for Knight to pass under as the procession drove over the Specialist Jonathan R. Kephart Memorial Bridge (named in memory of a soldier who was killed in Iraq).
The procession made its way to the Heckathorn Cemetery, where a brief service for about 100 people from various color guards, politicians including state Senator Scott Hutchinson, the Patriot Guard and family attended.
Full military honors were given and the flag was presented to Frances.
Harold K. Knight is finally home.
For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, or on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420/1169.
A copy of his complete obituary can be viewed at