Korean Vet MSgt Elwood Green's remains brought home to family for proper burial after decades of being lost

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ar (KTHV) -- MSgt. Elwood Green died in North Korea in 1951, and was left behind and his remains were unidentified until just recently.

    Thursday, his remains were flown back to Little Rock, where a ceremony was held with officials from the Governor's office, and other dignitaries. Symbols of his service, sounds of his story. The crowd gathers to welcome home one of their own.

    MSgt. Elwood Green is a veteran of World War II. A veteran of the Korean War.

    An official from Governor Mike Beebe's office reads a proclomation, "MSgt. Green was captured after fighting in North Korea on November 28, 1950 and several months later was listed MIA. He was accounted for and recovered by Army specialists on February 3, 2012 where he can finally be laid to rest."

    61 years later his remains arrive in Little Rock, for a proper burial by his family in Mena.

    One of the most emotional in the audience is his only child, Josie Tibbitts. She says they were told they would never have any of her father's remains back in their possession.

    Tibbitts says, "This day is miraculous! It's sweet. It's bittersweet."
    She was 8 months old when her dad deployed, and just 14 months old when his captors killed him.

    "Every morning when I wake up, his picture's up on the wall where he enlisted when he was 18. His photo with my mother, his wedding picture's up there. I have heard about him, I know of him, we've talked about him. But now I actually have something. I have him here," says Tibbitts.

    Family, government dignitaries, Daughters of the American Revolution and fellow veterans all stand proud as they pay their respects to the native of Norman, Ark. MSgt. Green earned a Purple heart and a Bronze Star.

    All gave some, some gave all, like MSgt. Elwood Green, and the nearly 34,000 other Americans who died in battle in the Korean War.

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