Posted at: 11/09/2012 5:34 PM
Updated at: 11/09/2012 5:45 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion
A local soldier missing in action for more than 60 years is finally laid to rest. It was a day family and friends thought they would never see.
Corporal Elmer Kidd was killed in action back in 1950 during the Korean War. His family never knew what happened to him. But now thanks to DNA testing, the soldier is back home in the U.S. And the family now has closure.
Corporal Elmer Kidd was only 26 when he was killed in action. His remains arrived back in the U.S. in the early nineties and it was finally flown into Syracuse last Tuesday. Now he is among hundreds of military members buried at the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery, just miles away from his hometown..
Friends, family and military members said their final good byes today. It's been more than 60 years since they last saw Corporal Kidd. News10NBC was told his body was found after the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir in November 1950 and his remains were among those in 208 boxes turned over to the U.S. by North Korea in 1993. His remains took years to identify but DNA testing is what finally brought him back to his family. They say they were shocked to hear that they had finally found him. Now the family says they finally have come closure.
Larry Stuck, nephew, said, “It's been a long time coming. It's great closure for my mom who has wondered all these years what had happened to her brother. We never knew. Secrets, obviously. No one had knew what had happened so it's good for my mom.”
Corporal Kidd was laid to rest with full military honors.