Members of a Tyler family will make the drive to Dallas on Thursday to reconnect with a long-lost brother.
From South Korea, the body, along with the remains of three other men, were taken to Kokura, Japan.
Then, in March, after investigators with the Defense Prisoner of War, Missing Personnel Office contacted
Mrs. Henry to collect a DNA sample, they were able to link her with a body recovered in Korea, Mrs. Henry said.
The notification came in the form of two bound books that chronicled the investigation that led to the identification and the trip, across two countries and an ocean, which would bring him home.
To know that her brother is coming home and that he will be buried in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery,
where the remains of other family members are, including their father, is surreal, she said.
“It sounds like a dream or something, like something out of a novel,” she said.
The sergeant will arrive in Dallas at 11 a.m. Thursday, where Korean veterans and family members will greet him to transport the remains back to Tyler for a service on Saturday.
The service is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Saint James Church, located at 408 N. Border St., in Tyler, Mrs. Henry said.
For Mrs. Henry and her family, the homecoming is long awaited.
“Sixty-one years,” she said. “You never think anything would come to this point.”
For more information on the organization that worked to identify Henry’s remains and return them to his family, visit www.dtic.mil/dpmo.