Skip to comments.'It's a Day I Always Hoped For': Missing Korean War Veteran Returns Home to Bay Area
Posted on 04/07/2016 9:49:02 AM PDT by nickcarraway
The San Francisco native's flag-draped casket was carried off a plane at San Francisco International Airport late Wednesday.
Cpl. Robert Perry Graham was declared missing in action 65 years ago. The San Francisco native's flag-draped casket was carried off a plane at San Francisco International Airport late Wednesday.
"It's something that my aunts, uncles and mother had always dreamed about," nephew James George said. "Having this closure." Closure the family thought would never happen.
Graham, a 21-year-old member of the United States Army, was sent to fight in the Korean War and never returned.
His family said the official report showed Graham in 1953 passed away in a POW camp. He was declared missing in action two years prior to that when his unit came under attack.
"It's a day I always hoped for," niece Nicole Venturelli said.
Venturelli only knew about Graham through her late father.
George, a retired Marine, along with his cousin submitted their DNA after receiving requests to do so from the military. Last fall, they found out there was a match after testing co-mingled remains for dozens of Korean War veterans.
On Wednesday, George had the honor of escorting his uncle from Hawaii to SFO -- Graham's final journey home.
"We still have 5,800 soldiers, sailors, marines that are still missing from the Korean War," George said. "And those families won't have the closure I have." Graham will be buried with full military honors on Friday in Colma.
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Korea, Vietnam, almost 100,000 dead, millions of wounded, for what???
These stories always well up tears in my eyes.
This is the second story here on FR today.
I wonder if he was one of the POWs that the communists routinely murdered during most of that UN police action.
To keep the USSR and Red China from taking over the entire far East.
South Korea is free of North Korea and Red China.
Vietnam contributed to the bankruptcy of the USSR. Afghanistan finished it off.
Prayers for those who died fighting for freedom from brutal regimes.
And the West would have saved the southern half of Viet Nam had it not been for a certain group of Donks in the 1970s.
“And the West would have saved the southern half of Viet Nam had it not been for a certain group of Donks in the 1970s.”
One of the really sordid and sad chapters in our history. The Tet Offensive wrecked the N Vietnamese armed forces but Walter Cronkite announced that the offensive was a failure. The Demos jumped on that statement and ran with it until we did lose. They had nothing left. Nothing.
Cronkite was a mess.
Amen brother..I have always placed Cronkite even
lower than Jane Fonda.
Remember hearing the B52 strikes from near the DMZ in `71.
We would sit on the steps of the hooches in awe.
They knew all they had to do was hold out for victory.
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