It’s 60 years now with the completion of the Korean War, but for families of soldiers, who had shed their blood for their country the memories are still afresh. Few days back, it was a heavy hearted moment for the 94-year-old woman Clara Gantt who was presented the flag-draped casket containing the remains of her husband who had sacrificed his life on the battle field.
At the International Airport-Los Angeles, the soldier’s remains were brought and Clara was quoted saying “He told me if anything happened to him he wanted me to remarry. I told him no, no. Here I am, still his wife”.
The Defense Prisoner of War/Missing office in Washington D.C had surveyed that Gantt was a field medic and had went missing on Nov 30, 1950. He was serving with the Battery C, 503 Field Artillery, 2nd Infantry Division. The office found out that, soldiers from the second infantry division were attacked by huge number of Chinese forces in Kunu-ri, North Korea. That very day, various U.S soldiers were found missing near Somindong, North Korea.
When the exchange of prisoners of wars took place in 1953, U.S soldiers had reported Gantt was injured on the battle field and was captured by Chinese forces where he died in 1951 in POW camp due to lack of medical care and food malnutrition.
Clara further said “Sixty-some odd years and just receiving his remains, coming home, was a blessing and I am so happy that I was living to accept him.I am very, very proud of him. He was a wonderful husband, an understanding man. I always did love my husband, we was two of one kind, we loved each other. And that made our marriage complete.”
Brave soldier Joseph Gantt was buried in Inglewood, Calif. Gantt said she would like to buried one day next to him.