Nightly News   |  December 20, 2013

63 years after soldier went missing, widow receives his remains

Clara Gantt’s husband, Sgt. First Class Joseph Gantt, died as a prisoner of war 1951. His family never knew what happened to him – and his wife refused to remarry. On Friday, she was finally presented with his remains in an honor guard ceremony. NBC’s Lester Holt reports.

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>>> there was an emotional scene this morning on the tarmac at los angeles international airport . a reminder that the emotional wounds of war last a lifetime forle families of those killed or in this case missing for 63 years. sergeant first class joseph gantz served in world war ii and went to fight in the korean war where he was taken prisoner by north korean forces in 1950 . he died as a prisoner of war a year later. his family never knew what happened. his wife clara, now 94, never remarried, never giving up hope she would one day see him again. his body was recently returned to the u.s. and his remains identified. today she was there, weeping over his flag-draped casket as he finally came home.

>> i'm so happy. it's a closure. he's coming home . i am very, very proud of him. he was a wonderful husband. understanding man. he always loved his wife. he was always taking care of his wife. we loved each other. and that made our marriage complete.

>> clara today remembering her husband joseph, finally home after 63