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His brother's keeper: With time growing short in search for missing twin, veteran has Memorial Day request

His brother's keeper: With time growing short in search for missing twin, veteran has Memorial Day request

Twins Vincent and Richard Krepps enlisted in the Army together in 1949, and went to war the following year.

Cpl. Vincent Krepps endured gunfire in Korea, lost nerve, earned a Silver Star. Then he went home.

He left his brother behind.

When he reached his parents' house in Essex in spring of 1951, there were hugs and handshakes and the question that had no answer.

Dickie?

Cpl. Richard "Dickie" Krepps starved to death in a North Korean prison camp. He was too weak to swallow spoonfuls of barley from the soldier imprisoned beside him.

It was snowy, his neighbor would say, and the dead were stacked outside like cordwood.

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