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Remains of Korean War soldier returned to KY family

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

It was a bittersweet day for a Kentucky family, who after 63 years of waiting and wondering were finally able to put closure to their loss from the Korean War.

The remains of Cpl. William Day were returned to the family Tuesday.

Gloria Shonrock last saw her father when she was just 2 years old.

"It's been 63 years since he's been home. It's been 22 years since I've been looking for him, so it's both a happy and sad day," Shonrock said.

Her dad was classified as missing in action in December 1950, and Shonrock worked for years to find answers.

Finally, family DNA samples she sent and a phone call from the nation's capitol ended the mystery.

"She said he'd be coming home. I said we'll take him to Kentucky to be buried by his mother and that's where we're taking him," Shonrock said.

Cpl. Day served with his brother, Herman.

"I loved my brother, and it's hard," Herman Day said.

Herman Day's daughter knows how important this closure was to her dad.

"He said, 'The good Lord kept me around for some reason, and that's to bring Bill home,' and he broke down and cried. It's amazing that people didn't give up," said daughter Sandra Willett.

Cpl. Day will be buried with full military honors sometime next month.

While he could have been buried at Arlington National Cemetery, his daughter prefers the burial takes place in Ballard County, KY, next to his mother.

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