(CBS) — The newly-identified remains of a soldier who died in combat during the Korean War have been brought home to McHenry for burial.
Records indicate that Army Cpl. Donald MacLean died in December 1950 in the battle for Chosin Reservoir, in North Korea. He was listed as missing in action, and his remains were buried in a military cemetery in Hawaii along with those of 800 other unidentified Korean War veterans.
Testing by the Defense Department led to the positive identification. The passage of time has done nothing to dim twin sister Donna Mitchell’s memories.
“He was a brat,” she said, with a smile on her face. In fact, smiles far outnumbered tears at the brief ceremony marking his return at the Justen Funeral Home, in McHenry. Asked if that is how he would have wanted it, she said, “Absolutely.”
The spit and polish, the military honor guard and the Warrior Watch motorcyclists also helped to bring closure. Finally, Mitchell said, he’s home.
The reburial, with full military honors, will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, at Windridge Memorial Park Cemetery, 7014 S. Rawson Bridge Rd., in Cary.