Soldier finally home 63 years later; buried Thursday at Jacksonville National Cemetery
Florida Times Union
By Clifford Davis
Jan 9, 2014
A Jacksonville soldier finally came home after 63 years Thursday.
Cpl. Joe Howard, a Jacksonville native who perished in a North Korean prison camp, was buried in Jacksonville National Cemetery with full military honors and a tombstone with his name on it.
Under gray skies and misting rain, his remaining family members finally got to welcome their “Uncle Bubba” home.
“All we ever knew was that he was in Washington, D.C., and went off to war and never came home. Uncle Bubba never came home,” Howard’s niece, Beverly Moreland, said. “It gives us a final rest and we’re deeply honored that the military would go to this extent. This is beautiful, that no soldier would be left on foreign soil and we’ve just been honored to witness this today — we’re all in awe.”
To the family, the service, at least in some small measure, gave Howard the funeral he never got.
According to the Army, Cpl. Howard died of malnutrition in Prisoner of War Camp 5 near Pyoktong, North Korea in 1951.
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