PFC Bobby Byars welcomed home

| February 18, 2013 | 6 Comments

Bobby Byars

Michael dropped off a link on our Facebook page to some pictures that he took this weekend in Griffin, Georgia where PFC Bobby Byars was laid to rest 60 years after his death in Korea. According to KSBTV News;

The fighting in Korea stopped in 1953. Wednesday, 62 years after he was first reported missing in action, Byars returned home. His brother, Charles Byars, was just 13 when his older brother disappeared.

“I really looked up to him. He was sort of my hero,” Byars told Channel 2’s Diana Davis.

In 1993, North Korea turned over 208 boxes of soldier remains to the U.S. government. They contained the remains of 1,000 soldiers. It took 20 years to analyze Byars’ DNA and match it to his brother, nephew and other surviving family members. Charles Byars said he gave up hope long ago.

“I didn’t think they would ever find him. Thank the Lord, they didn’t give up. They brought him back,” Charles Byars said.

The remains were flown back to Atlanta before dawn, escorted by the patriot guard military state troopers and dozens of officers from Atlanta and Clayton, Henry and Spalding counties.

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  1. Old Tanker says:

    Welcome home….

  2. Green Thumb says:

    Sleep well men.

    You earned it.

  3. MCPO NYC USN (Ret.) says:

    ATTENTION ON DECK!

    PFC BOBBY BYARS, USA ARRIVING!

    HAND SALUTE!

    READY TO.

    Pride of Korea

    As we walk through the motherland,
    She stares laughing, blowing kisses beneath our feet,
    The love she gives will never diminish into oblivion.
    We will fight for her against all oppressors,
    She will determine the fate of all cowards,
    She brings a spark out of all her children,
    Her meadows are endless,
    Yet they are what we have chosen to die for.
    Hail Hail Korea, in all of her majesty.

    By: Kim Mij-Sow

  4. Hondo says:

    Welcome home, my elder brother-in-arms.

    Kudos to the fine men and women at the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) and the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC)for their diligent work in locating and identifying the remains of those still missing from previous conflicts.

  5. Biermann says:

    Welcome home brother

  6. 11BScottie says:

    Welcome home. You are and will always be Family. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

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