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Published July 23, 2011, 11:39 AM

Fallen soldier finally comes home

Fargo, ND (WDAY-TV) A heartfelt homecoming, loved ones of a Thief River Falls soldier anxiously awaited the return of his remains.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

A heartfelt homecoming, loved ones of a Thief River Falls soldier anxiously awaited the return of his remains. An emotional night, more than 60 years after Corporal James Sund died as a prisoner of war in South Korea.

Family, friends, and strangers came to Hector International here in Fargo to finally bring Corporal James Sund to his final resting place.

They lined an airport hanger as his coffin was unloaded from a plane. The coffin draped in an American flag. Loved ones, clearly emotional at the sight, they have waited so long for.

Minnesota Army National Guard's Honor Guard performed military honors. From here, patriot guard riders left, accompanying Sund's remains to Thief River Falls. The 28 year old was taken prisoner February 12th, 1951. He was killed two and a half months later at the age of 28.

Sund's remains were recently recovered and identified by the Army after getting DNA from family five years ago.

Mathilda Sund – Sister of James – “We've been waiting for years. You don't know really what to think after how it goes like that you know. You don't have to think or talk about it anymore.”

A funeral is planned at Faith Lutheran Church in Goodridge, Minnesota, Tuesday morning at 10:30. Sund will be buried in Highlanding Cemetary, near where he grew up. A memorial stone is already there.

Sund's family did not have a funeral for him when he went missing in action and was confirmed dead. His military uniform will be at the funeral, with medals, including the Purple Heart.

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