Korean War Soldier Laid to Rest 63 Years After He Went MIA
Lynchburg, VA -Sergeant Charles Scott was just 20 years old fighting in Korea when he was declared Missing in Action in 1950.
His remains were not identified until two months ago, and Thursday -- 63 years after he was MIA-- he was buried at Fort Hill Memorial Park in Lynchburg.
Surrounded by motorcycles bearing flags, a hearse carried the flag draped casket of Sgt. Charles Scott. It's a ride more than six decades overdue.
"On August the 24th, 1948 Charles joined the Army and he was sent to Ft. Jackson, SC for basic training."
Now, on September 5, 2013 Charles Scott is home for good. Lynchburg will be his permanent resting place.
His 98-year-old mother was escorted to her seat beside his open grave. She already mourned his loss once in the early 1950s. Frances Dresser made trip after trip to Walter Reed Army Medical Center to find her son. But always came home without him.
"She made that trip continuously until she could no longer make it anymore. To try to find something out about her son," said Chaplain Wayne Hollenbaugh, who officiated the service.
"Ironically as an airline hostess, Frances made a number of trips to Hawaii. There she saw Charles' name at the national cemetery, yet never knowing that his body was there," said Hollenbaugh.
Patricia Goff was just 9 the last time she saw her brother.
"As time went by I just decided well maybe not."
She'd prepared her grown children for the possibility that someday a man in uniform might knock on one of their doors, telling them the uncle they never knew had been found.
"I would like to thank the United States Army that really kept at it until this was brought to closure," said Goff.
With rifle fire, taps and words whispered on behalf of a grateful nation as two folded flags are presented, Sgt. Charles Scott is now home.
"It is so uplifting to see so many honor one small soldier," said Goff.
Sgt. Scott was eligible for burial at Arlington, but that could take months. Considering his mother's age and the fact that it had taken so long to bring him home, the family decided his home, Lynchburg, would be his final resting place.