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Korean war MIA's remains return to Louisiana
from Staff Reports - NEWS
April 20, 2018 -

A ceremony is being held today for a Korean War Veteran from Ferriday whose remains are being returned home after 68 years. Nineteen-year-old Sergeant Lester Walker was deployed to Korea with an anti-air craft weapons battalion. Congressman Ralph Abraham says he was lost during the first months of the war.

“He was actually one of the first infantry units ordered to Korea. He was in a battle in a battle in the Nakdong river. He was taken prisoner and he was declared M.I.A.”

36,914 American Servicemen and women were lost in the conflict often called the “Forgotten War”, due its lack of recognition.

Abraham says those sacrifices need to be remembered.
“That’s so unfortunate because these men that served over there, they did exactly what every man and woman has done in the past, and that’s defending our country and defending our way of life.”

Two and half million people are suspected to have lost their lives during the three year war.

Abraham says hundreds lined the runway as Walker was returned home, in a show of solidarity with all gold star families. Abraham says it’s been cathartic for the north Louisiana community.

“It’s just closure not only for… you know, the remainders of the family that are here but for everyone who has lost someone in a war situation.”

An armistice was signed in 1953, but the war is technically still ongoing.

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