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Published October 12, 2013, 06:45 PM

After 60 years, body of Minnesota native and Korean War vet comes home

Thief River Falls, MN (WDAY TV) - After more than 60 years, the body of a Minnesota native listed as missing in action during the Korean War finally made its way home

By: Michael Yoshida, WDAY

Thief River Falls, MN (WDAY TV) - After more than 60 years, the body of a Minnesota native listed as missing in action during the Korean War finally made its way home

Corporal Harold Evans' remains were identified last month. And today a burial ceremony was held

Reporter Michael Yoshida has more.

The sounds of sirens and the sight of the American flag filled the streets of Thief River Falls today, all part of a procession honoring Cpl. Harold Evans.

Lori Evans- Niece of Cpl. Harold Evans: “It was unbelievable. It was truly hard to believe. Astonishment”

Family members, friends and military personal turned out to see the return. Corporal Evans went missing in 1950 during the Korean War.

Evans: “It's so hard to believe that Harold is finally home.”

AnnaRose Evans- Sister-in-law of Cpl. Harold Evans: “It was… we couldn't believe it. It was so super. It just couldn't be real.”

Today full military honors were presented as part of the ceremony for Corporal Evans being laid to rest.

Over 100 people, including representatives from Minnesota and North Dakota military organizations were at today's event.

Lori Evans: “There was a group from Grygla from where Harold grew up. It's just very amazing. Very amazing.”

A final goodbye to a man once thought lost. Now, he rests back home in America.

Lori Evans: “After 62 years. There’s definitely a sense of closure. And um..it's a good feeling. And it was a good ceremony. A wonderful ceremony.”

AnnaRose Evans: Yes it brings a closure. yup. it's been very hard. but we know. it's wonderful. and hte infantry, all those people, all those troups of people...it's wonderful what they've done.

More than seventy nine hundred Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War.

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