Standing by her man

| December 21, 2013

Several of you sent us links to the story of 93-year-old Clara Gantt, whose husband, Army Sgt. 1st Class Joseph E. Gantt went to the war in Korea 63 years ago and whose remains just made it home this week to his waiting wife;

“He told me if anything happened to him he wanted me to remarry. I told him no, no. Here I am, still his wife,” she said at Los Angeles International Airport, where his remains were carried from a jetliner by military honor guard.

Gantt was a field medic who went missing in action on Nov. 30, 1950 during the Korean War while serving with Battery C, 503rd Field Artillery, 2nd Infantry Division, according to the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office in Washington, D.C.

According to the office, elements of the 2nd Infantry Division were attacked by greater numbers of Chinese forces near the town of Kunu-ri, North Korea. The division disengaged and withdrew, fighting its way through a series of Chinese roadblocks. Numerous U.S. soldiers were reported missing that day in the vicinity of Somindong, North Korea.

After a 1953 exchange of prisoners of war, returning U.S. soldiers reported that Gantt had been injured in battle, captured by Chinese forces and died in a POW camp in early 1951 from malnutrition and lack of medical care. His remains were only recently identified. Information on when they were found was not immediately available from the missing personnel office.

I guess military wives have to really be committed to the relationship.

Category: No Longer Missing

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  1. Beretverde says:

    Great story. On another note-…I know many a widow who never remarried and collected the pension.

  2. Ex-PH2 says:

    I think this lady knew who she really loved.

  3. Sparks says:

    Welcome Home Sgt. 1st Class Joseph E. Gantt. Thank you for your service. Rest In Peace Now. God bless your wife. What an honorable lady.

  4. Grimmy says:

    If we ever do fight the PDRChinese, I hope we’ve got our head out of our care-bear asses enough to remember the Korean War and treat them as they treated ours.

  5. Just An Old Dog says:

    What a woman.

  6. Joel Edge says:

    “What a woman.”
    They don’t make them like that anymore.

  7. Jacobite says:

    A rare woman, displaying a rare commitment. Wow.

    And Grimmy writes, “remember the Korean War and treat them as they treated ours”

    How about we treat them first to a quick death on the battlefield, and failing at that, show any survivors the mercy our background, upbringing, and vision of civilized behavior demands of us? If one wants to act as despicable and unprincipled as the enemy, allow me to be among the first to invite you to join their ranks, America and her people are better than that.

  8. T-Bird Henry says:

    Thank you Sgt. Gantt. I pray we may be worthy. I’m glad that your home with your wife now. May you both find peace.