Missing Korean War Veteran Finally Laid to Rest After 65 Years
— Francisco Urena (@Urena) December 12, 2015
Every Christmas, the family of Korean War veteran Sgt. Robert Dakin has wondered where he is.
This American hero has finally been laid to rest in his hometown of Waltham, Mass., 65 years after he was declared missing in action.
An honor guard presented Sgt. Dakin’s family with a Purple Heart on Friday, a day before his coffin was carried by horses through the town in an emotional ceremony on Saturday, reports The Boston Globe.
Hundreds of people came out to the soldier’s final farewell, bringing with them American flags and signs declaring, “Welcome home.”
Dakin was 22 years old when he went missing during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir on Dec. 12, 1950.
Though his remains were among the many that were later returned to the U.S. in the 1990s, it was not until recently that they were identified through DNA testing.
“Welcome home, Sgt. Dakin. It took us a while to find you but you are home,” one user wrote in a tribute on the funeral home’s website. “Peace to your family who have waited so long for your return.”
Read more about Sgt. Dakin or send a tribute of your own, here.