Remains of Korean War MIA Finally Coming Home to East Texas
Members of a Tyler family will make the drive to Dallas Thursday to reconnect with a long-lost brother.
Irajean Henry, and other family members, will be at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport as the remains of their brother, Army Sgt. Lee Henry, Jr., return to Texas after more than half a century away from home and listed as Missing in Action.
Sgt. Lee Henry was killed in 1950, early in the Korean War, but he was unidentifiable and buried with two other unknowns in South Korea. Years later, all three sets of remains were found and moved to Japan where efforts to identify them began. The remains were later interred in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The Army had always suspected that one of the unidentified corpses was that of the missing Sgt. Henry, but had no way of proving it, until DNA technology arrived and made it possible.
This past March, the Army finally made positive identification of the remains after investigators with the Defense Prisoner of War, Missing Personnel Office contacted Sgt. Tyler’s sister to get a DNA sample.
Now he’s coming home. A group of Korea veterans and family members will meet and escort Sgt. Lee Henry’s remains to Tyler for a funeral and burial in a Tyler cemetery, alongside his father and other members of his family.
“Keeping the Promise”, “Fulfill their Trust” and “No one left behind” are several of many mottos of the group created by the Department of Defense to recover those who went missing while serving our nation.