Soldier's Long Journey Home - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Remains of MS soldier returned home more than 60 years later

Posted: Updated:
A Mississippi soldier missing since the Korean War has finally completed a long journey home. 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.

Copyright 2013 MSNewsNow. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Two injured Omega Protein plant workers speak out

    Two injured Omega Protein plant workers speak out

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:54 AM EDT2014-07-31 10:54:16 GMT
    Two of the men injured in the Omega Protein explosion on Monday are speaking out about the deadly blast. In an exclusive interview with WLOX, the men describe what happened, and how they survived.More >>
    Two of the men injured in the Omega Protein explosion on Monday are speaking out about the deadly blast. In an exclusive interview with WLOX News, the men describe what happened that day, and how they survived.More >>
  • Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests

    Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests

    Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
    31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.More >>
  • Fire destroys the Old Cuevas Bistro

    Fire destroys the Old Cuevas Bistro

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:30 AM EDT2014-07-31 14:30:03 GMT
    "Destroyed," is how Harrison County Fire Marshal Pat Sullivan described the aftermath of the fire at the Old Cuevas Bistro on Menge Avenue.
    More >>
    The owner of the Old Cuevas Bistro near Pass Christian says she does have insurance, and she hopes to rebuild. Rebuilding became necessary after a late night fire ripped through her restaurant. "Destroyed," is how Harrison County Fire Marshal Pat Sullivan described the aftermath of the fire at the Old Cuevas Bistro on Menge Avenue.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.