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Korean War casualty at rest, at last
Larry Hill and Brandon Rice secure the flag

ZEBULON -- Emergency responders, law enforcement, veterans and others lined overpasses and bridges as an Honor Mission escort made its way from RDU, through Franklin County and to a Korean War veteran's birthplace in Nash County.

PFC William Hoover Jones, from Rocky Mount, went missing in November of 1950 during the Battle of the Ch'ongch'on River.

According to the North Korean government, his remains were about two miles from the final place he was seen.

Jones was presumed dead, but his remains were recovered and verified.

The afternoon of June 20, the State Highway Patrol led a procession from the airport, through Franklin County and into Nash County.

Emergency crews, law enforcement officers and others greeted the procession as it rolled along U.S. 64 through a short section of Franklin County, unfurling a flag, snapping to salute and cheering on the caravan.

"We wanted to have as many people out there as we could," said Emergency Services Director Jeff Lewis.

Jones was awarded Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Korean Service Medal and many others.

Jones' remains were laid in state at the state capital on June 21, the first to do so as a member of the military.

Jones was to be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.


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Members Opinions:
June 27, 2019 at 6:48pm
Thank you, President Trump. Your engagement with North Korea and personal diplomacy with Kim Jong Un has brought closure to this soldier's family and returned his remains to his home.



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