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