Remains of Korean War veteran return home after 60 years
OMAHA,Neb(FOX42KPTM)-Remains of a Korean War veteran returned home Monday afternoon. The remains were recovered by the Defense/POW Accounting Agency.
"He's coming home where he belongs with his family," Bill Jepsen said. He's a member of the American Legion Riders.
Milton Breed was a member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, supporting the Republic of Korea Army against units of the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces.
Beed was officially listed as missing on Feb 12, 1951. In August 1953, his parents were officially informed that he had died while in prison camp. Later, they learned that his cause of death was malnutrition.
The American Legion Riders escorted Beed's remains and his family to Norfolk, Nebraska.
"We do this on a regular basis, we go to many veteran funerals."
Members of the group are veterans themselves. They help support other veterans and their families.
"You just can't describe it, it's the honorable thing to do."
An Omaha couple who didn't know Beed was also there to show their support.
"We've always had a heart for those who served in the military," Rowlie and Suzette Hutton said.
"We cherish our freedom, we know that freedom is not free so we are really grateful for those willing to serve."
Beed's funeral will be Wednesday, April 25th, at Stonacek Funeral Chapel in Norfolk. He will be buried in the plot his brother purchased decades ago at Hillcrest Cemetery.