LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The remains of a Lake Charles man taken prisoner during the Korean War are being returned to his family this week.
About 7,700 U.S. soldiers are listed as missing from the Korean War—5,300 of the remains are believed to still be in North Korea. You can cross one of those off that list; Corporal Edward Milton Jones is coming back home.
"This guy never made it back," said Rusty Rougeau of Hixson Funeral Home. "He gave the ultimate sacrifice. He paid for it with his life. But through all that time, 67 years, he was never forgotten."
Jones was 20 years old in Feb. of 1951 when he was injured and taken Prisoner of War in South Korea.
"This gentleman, he was 20 years old," said Breah Misho of Highland Memorial Gardens. "He gave his life for our freedom. Everything we do on a daily basis is because someone paid the ultimate sacrifice for that. I think it's amazing. I think it makes a great deal to the family to receive him back so they know where he's at."
“He was injured in the war and he was taken as a prisoner of war,” said Rougeau. “Two months later, he passed away from those wounds.”
Jones' remains arrived in Lake Charles on Wednesday Nov. 7. Veterans and the public are being invited to honor his memory at his funeral on Friday, Nov. 9.
“We’re hoping a lot of people will show up to honor him and to pay respect to the family,” said Misho. “It means a great deal to him. They gave up their loved one for our freedom.”
Jones' surviving family members are expected to attend. Hixson Funeral Home on Ryan Street is donating its services for Jone’s funeral.
Military medals will be presented to the family at 11:30 a.m. with the service to begin at noon. Burial will take place afterward at Highland Memorial Gardens. Military veterans and the public are invited to attend.