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Korean War Veteran Returned Home to NE Oklahoma More Than 65 Years Later

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Sisters Alzada and Lavanda never imagined they'd be able to see this day in their lifetimes.

 "I never thought I'd ever hear of him again,” says Eldon’s sister Alzada Heatherly.

Her sister Lavanda Marrs says "I want to pick him up and hug him. I don't want him to come back this way, but I'm glad he's back."

Their eldest brother Corporal Eldon Ervin was killed in action in November of 1950. He was fighting against the Koreans with about 2,500 other US soldiers at the Chosin Reservoir when they were surrounded by the Chinese.

John Ervin says "Our brother he made it back to the top of the hill started giving covering fire to the other three in the fox hole when they got up there he had been wounded in the neck. And it was so cold they carried him back to the aid station and the blood and everything was frozen so they couldn't operate on him."

Alzada says "I thought the world had come to the end."

It wasn't until 2001 that recovery teams were able to bring back his and at least seven other soldiers remains. Back in 2003 one of Eldon's sisters, now deceased, launched the search. Three family members submitted their DNA for testing and as that technology improved they were able to identify Corporal Eldon Ervin.

Lavanda says "It gives me closure yes, because now we know he's home."

A bittersweet family reunion, more than 65 years later

She says "It was an honor. But not near the honor he deserves."

Brother John Ervin says "For so long this was something that hurt my dad up to the day he passed away, and he's going to be buried right next to dad now."

A funeral for Corporal Ervin will be held Tuesday at 1pm at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home and he will later be escorted by patriot guard riders to be buried at the Seneca Cemetery.

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