LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A missing POW’s remains were returned to his widow 63 years after his death, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Army sergeant Joseph Gantt died in 1951, but the fallen soldier’s remains were just returned to his 94-year-old widow Friday morning.
Clara Gantt spent more than half her life waiting for the reunion. She sobbed and collapsed next to the casket during the homecoming at LAX.
“I am very, very proud of him. He was a wonderful husband, an understanding man,” she told TV reporters at the airport. “I always did love my husband, we was two of one kind, we loved each other. And that made our marriage complete.”
Sgt. First Class Joseph Gantt disappeared in 1950 while fighting in the Korean War and was presumed dead, but his remains were only recently identified.
He was assigned as a field medic in the Korean War and was taken prisoner by North Korean forces in December 1950 and died the next year.
Read full story: The Los Angeles Times