Veteran's remains return home after 65 years

Veteran's remains return home after 65 years
(Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A reunion 65 years in the making happened Sunday.

During the Korean War, Corporal George H. Mason was reported missing in action. Now, his family finally has the closure they've been waiting for.

With an escort of Patriot Guard Riders leading the way, Corporal Mason's remains returned to the Memphis Airport for a special homecoming and honor guard.

"The corporal was KIA back during the Korean War and they finally recovered his body; that's 65 years after he was pronounced killed in action," said Patriot Guard Johnny Rivera.

Relative say during those 65 years, they know little about what happened to Mason. His younger brother said Mason was captured in February of 1951 and was believed to have died shortly after.

"He disappeared along with about 200 more," said George's brother Albert Mason.

Mason was only 10 years old when his brother was reported missing. During the welcome home ceremony, he stood with other family members and friends to give the war veteran a hero's welcome.

"Oh it's the greatest thing in the world, this is something really."

Traffic almost stood still as family members, friends and veterans escorted the hearse carrying Mason's remains to Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch.

Members of the Patriot Guard said Mason and every other soldier needs to be honored for their service, and they said whenever you see a veteran, thank them

"Thank a veteran, because we wouldn't be here if it wasn't for each one of these veterans that have served in the past," Rivera said.

Visitation for Corporal Mason is Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. and open to the public at Brantley Funeral Home, where his funeral will also be held Tuesday at 10 a.m.

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