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Korean War P.O.W. finally makes it home
KOUNTZE - by Lauren Huet
Newly used scientific techniques have solved a 60 year old mystery, and provided an answer to a Prisoner of War's daughter who lives in Southeast Texas. Today, Patriot Guard riders and police escorted the remains of Corporal William Newton to Broussard's Funeral Home in Kountze. Newton went missing in North Korea in November of 1950, and was held as a prisoner of war in Pyoktong, or prison Camp 5.
Corporal Newton's daughter Diana Bullock received a phone call three weeks ago answering her question of what happened to her father.
"It was sad, because I always hoped that he was alive," said Bullock.
She knew her father went missing during the Korean Conflict, but what she didn't know is that he died in Camp 5 of pneumonia February, 1951. His remains had returned to Hawaii in 1954, and were deemed unidentifiable, but the U.S. Department of Defense is using new techniques to give people like Diana Bullock answers.
"There's nothing else I want ever. I could never ask for anything more than what I've got and that was my dad," said Bullock. "And people like this that I live around."
She's referring to the Patriot Guard riders, the Beaumont and Port Arthur Police Departments, and the Hardin County Sheriff's Office. Members escorted her father and another soldier's remains from the George W. Bush airport in Houston to Beaumont. There, the group split.
"We split at 11th and I-10. The Louisiana procession was stopping in Orange County, then they were going to several events before [Corporal Jerry P. Craig] winds up back at his home in Leesville, Louisiana," said Detective Crystal Holmes of the Beaumont Police Department.
Corporal Jerry P. Craig is another recently identified Korean War soldier. His funeral service is in Leesville, Louisiana, Thursday.
Sandra Womack is the Deputy State Captain of the Patriot Guard. She says all fallen soldiers overseas need to be brought home.
"They deserve to be home on our soil and they need to have their final resting place, not in some foreign country, but here with people who care, who show support, and show their appreciation for their sacrifice," said Womack.
Bullock says having her father back is the best Christmas gift she could receive.
"I've got him back. One way or another I got him back," said Bullock.
Corporal Newton's funeral will be held Friday, December 20th at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Sour Lake.