Wwii Gi's Remains Come Home For Burial

Discussion in 'General' started by SSGMike.Ivy, Jan 27, 2005.

  1. SSGMike.Ivy

    SSGMike.Ivy Senior Member

    It has been a very long road home, but Pvt.Odell Sharpe finally made it----Welcome Home soldier..


    Thursday, January 27, 2005

    SAVANNAH, Ga. — Pvt. Odell Sharpe (search), killed during World War II, is finally coming home.

    The remains of Sharpe — presumed slain on Christmas Day 1944 when he as only 19 — were recently identified from a skeleton found in a foxhole near the Belgian-German border.

    Now his family is preparing for something long overdue: a funeral.

    "I had just made up my mind that I would never know what happened to him, and believe you me, there was many a day I wondered," his sister, Mary Miller (search), said Wednesday from her home in the farm town of Uvalda.

    Three Belgian civilians working for a non-governmental group that searches for lost World War II (search) casualties discovered the remains in September 2003. They found pieces of an infantry soldier's uniform, a skeleton, upper and lower jawbones and dog tags bearing Sharpe's name.

    The military did not notify Sharpe's family until more than a year later, after thoroughly analyzing the bones and teeth to make sure they matched Sharpe's medical records.

    Sharpe's unit was among 80,000 troops in Belgium trying to stop a German force of 250,000 from advancing against Allied lines in an initial assault of the Battle of the Bulge. Sharpe was lost during the confusion of a forced retreat

    On Sunday, Sharpe will be buried next to his parents in the family plot at Dead River Cemetery. Soldiers from Fort Stewart will provide full military honors — serving as pallbearers, presenting the family with a flag and firing a three-volley salute as a bugler plays taps.

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,145551,00.html
     
  2. Kiwiwriter

    Kiwiwriter Very Senior Member

    Welcome home. The nation is grateful.
     
  3. SgtofMarines76

    SgtofMarines76 Junior Member

    This topic is very important to me and my family. You see, Odell is my Second Cousin, and finding out he is able to come home is Great News. I've heard stories about him all my life from my Dad. Thank God he is finally coming home!
     

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  4. Kiwiwriter

    Kiwiwriter Very Senior Member

    Originally posted by SgtofMarines76@Jan 29 2005, 07:17 AM
    This topic is very important to me and my family. You see, Odell is my Second Cousin, and finding out he is able to come home is Great News. I've heard stories about him all my life from my Dad. Thank God he is finally coming home!
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    Sgtof Marines, welcome to the boards, and I share your family's joy at the return of one long lost. I hope you enjoy the boards and share with us your memories of Odell.
     

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