SARASOTA, Fla. - Nearly 66 years later, a soldier missing since the Korean War has finally been identified and is being brought home to be laid to rest.
In early November of 1950, 20-year-old Master Sgt. Charles J. Brown, Jr. and his regiment were attacked and surrounded. The majority of the soldiers were captured and taken to POW camps, but Brown was never listed on the POW list.
Instead, he was listed as deceased in 1953.
During recovery operations in North Korea between 1990 and 2005, the remains of at least 600 U.S. servicemen were found, including the remains of Brown, who was identified through DNA.
Thursday, when Master Sgt. Brown's body was flown in on the plane, the passengers stopped and stood quiet with respect.
Roxanne Joffe, with Magnify Good, took photos of his flag-draped casket as he was brought home for burial and said it was emotional for everyone as they honored a person they didn't know.
Master Sgt. Brown, who was from Ozone Park, New York, will be buried Monday, Sept. 26 at the national cemetery in Sarasota.