A Mississippi soldier missing since the Korean War has finally completed a long journey home.
LEXINGTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - A Mississippi soldier missing since the Korean War has finally completed a long journey home. Just recently his family was notified by the army that they had found his remains.
This week, Anne Schuck will see her uncle Willard Williams finally laid to rest. At age 18 the Ocean Springs native enlisted in the army and disappeared while serving in the Korean War.
"We were notified that he was missing and possibly captured and in 1953 they declared him dead," Schuck said.
In 2007, the Army approached Williams' family and asked them for DNA samples. Amazingly, through science, a positive match was made.
"They received the remains in 1990 and were taken to a lab in Hawaii all this time they've been working with DNA from families and with those remains. I think it's remarkable the army has done that," Schuck said.
This week, Sgt. Williams' remains arrived in his home state. He was escorted by nearly 100 members of the Patriot Guard to his final resting place in Lexington.
"So this is true closure for all of us to know this is his remains, he's finally coming home he will be buried next to his father and mother," Schuck said.
Williams will be buried with full military honors. How and where he died still remains unknown, which his family can live with after completing a 63-year search just to find him.
"It's a good feeling to know he's finally here," Schuck said.
Services will be held at Liberty Chapel in Lexington at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
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