A Korean War veteran who was declared missing in action sixty-five years ago has finally been laid to rest in his hometown of Waltham, Massachusetts.
Every Christmas, for those sixty-five years, the family of Korean War veteran Sgt. Robert Dakin has wondered where he was. Now, the military family can rest easier knowing the Korean War veteran is back home.
According to the Daily Mail, Dakin enlisted in the military at 20 and was an infantryman with the Army's Company L, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment of the 7th Infantry Division.
He was 22 when he disappeared during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in 1950, a 17-day conflict where nearly 10,000 American soldiers and Marines lost their lives.
It took three years to declare Dakin killed in action. And his remains were only identified recently through DNA testing.
An honor guard presented Sgt. Dakin’s family with a Purple Heart on Friday, a day before his coffin was carried by horses through the town in an emotional ceremony on Saturday, reports The Boston Globe.
Hundreds of people came out to the soldier’s final farewell, bringing with them American flags and signs declaring, “Welcome home.”
“Welcome home, Sgt. Dakin. It took us a while to find you but you are home,” one user wrote in a tribute on the funeral home’s website. “Peace to your family who have waited so long for your return.”
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