HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM) — Thousands of households throughout America have seen their family members go off to struggle. While many return dwelling there are numerous who’re lacking in motion and are by no means seen once more.
For the household of Washington county Sgt. Roy DeLauter anticipation of his return or discovering his stays began with hours which was months, years, and many years. As prospects for his return started to dim with time DNA expertise gave a renewed hope that their long-lost member of the family could possibly be discovered. That’s the story of Sgt. DeLauter.
“I’m just glad he’s home, I waited so long,” mentioned his sister, Jane DeLauter Kline.
Gone however by no means forgotten, members of the family of Korean struggle veteran Sgt. DeLauter are lastly at peace as they lay their cherished one to relaxation.
“You think about him all the time, I’m just so happy he’s finally here the lord answered my prayers,” mentioned Kline.
DeLauter went lacking December 1950 when his unit was hit by Chinese forces in North Korea.
While it’s not confirmed precisely how he died his household has spent many years looking for solutions.
“My mother sat at the television watching all the prisoners of war and she didn’t see him in any of them. So she figured that he was already dead,” mentioned Kline.
15 years in the past, DeLauter’s sisters despatched a blood pattern to a particular lab that helps determine the stays of troopers. A match was discovered, offering closure to their long-held hope.
“We were just waiting all that time but I’d never thought I’d see the day it came true,” mentioned his sister.
His stays had been recognized, and 70 years after his dying he got here dwelling. On his 93rd birthday, DeLauter was laid to relaxation subsequent to his mom, father and brother at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park in Hagerstown.
“I’m just glad he’s home, I’m so glad,” she mentioned.
The return of Sgt. Roy DeLauter now brings the whole of troopers from Washington County whose stays have returned from Korea to a few. There are 4 nonetheless lacking.