A fallen soldier's homecoming nearly 70 years in the making

Private Leroy Bryant served in the Korean War. He left in 1951 and didn't make it back home until 2018. (Courtesy: Family)

At John Glenn International Airport family and friends gathered.It was a hero's homecoming, nearly 70 years overdue.

"This is unbelievable," said Carole Williams.

It's her uncle, who she never met that was flown in.

Quietly, a flag-draped casket was removed from the plane, the remains of Private Leroy Bryant escorted by an honor guard.

Family and friends overwhelmed by his return.

"This is one day we will never forget, " said Ruby Radcliff another of Leroy's nieces.

Abner Bryant was only 11 years old when his older brother left for the Korean War in 1951.

The family was told that Leroy was a prisoner of war and died while serving.

"We missed him dearly. I just wish my parents were here, " said Abner Bryant.

But so many others joined to make this a hero's welcome home, from family to veterans who didn't even know Leroy.

Ray Schwabe is with the Patriot Guard. " We're able to bring somebody home means we never left him behind."

Private Bryant's visitation is scheduled for this Friday at White's Funeral Home on James Road. The funeral begins at noon.

He will be buried at East Lawn Cemetery will full military honors.

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