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Family of POW relieved after remains returned

3 years 10 months 3 weeks ago July 26, 2013 Jul 26, 2013 Friday, July 26 2013 July 26, 2013 5:46 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Brittany Weiss

BATON ROUGE - A family is at ease after remains of their lost soldier are returned to Southern Louisiana.

U.S. Army Sgt. Clement Thibodeaux, Jr., died more than 60 years ago in a North Korean prisoner of war camp. Officials listed Thibodeaux as "missing in action" and his family never learned what happened to their loved one.

"Was always looking for him. Trying to find, at least get some evidence of his death," said his nephew Wilson Thibodeaux, Jr.

Wilson Thibodeaux, Sr., wrote letters to bring attention to the fact that his brother was missing, but before now the family had nothing.

Thibodeaux's remains were discovered with other remains in 2005. Excavators located a number of bones on a site in North Korea, near the Chinese border. A family member donated DNA to the Army in hopes they could find a match, and scientists identified Thibodeaux's remains using that.

The donor, Gary Thibodeaux's father, died before the dots were connected, however.

"When they pulled the casket off of the plane, I told my dad at that point, 'Well dad, he finally made it home, just wish you were here to see it,'" Gary said.

Thibodeaux's remains will be laid to rest in his hometown, Church Point in Acadia Parish.

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