Sister of Korean War soldier speaks out after remains are identified

Published: Aug. 2, 2018 at 7:26 PM CDT
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On Wednesday, it was announced that the remains of a Korean War soldier from Southcentral Kentucky had been identified.

13 News reporter, Kelly Dean, sat down with the late soldier's only living sister as the remains make their way back to Kentucky soon.

"He said he wanted to serve God and his country, and he wasn't a bit afraid," said Mary Elizabeth Elmore Bowlin, PFC Joe Elmore's sister.

Every soldier has a story.

"He would have been a minister if he would have got to come home," said Bowlin.

Furthermore, every mother, lives in fear while their child fights for our freedom.

"He told mom- he said, 'I want to go serve my God and my country, said that's what I got to do, and mom said, 'I'm afraid you won't come back," explained Bowlin.

Sometimes, that fear becomes a reality.

"Mother wouldn't let 'em read the telegram because she knew what it was," said Bowlin.

Private First Class Joe Stanton Elmore of Clinton County never did made it back home to Kentucky.

"It wasn't a very good Christmas. From then on really," said Bowlin.

Private Elmore was one of 55 U.S. soldiers killed or declared missing during the Korean War. Now those are finally back home on American soil.

Almost 68 years later, Private Elmore will return to the Bluegrass - his home.

"We'll finally get to put him with mom and dad and his brothers and sister," said Bowlin.

Family described the news as to what feels like a dream.

"It's almost unreal," said Bowlin.

A fallen patriot who's life may have ended 6 plus decades ago now has a complete story of sacrifice, that's no longer left behind.

"After all this time, we'll finally get to lay him to rest."

Mary said officials were able to officially identify her brother's remains based on DNA collected from herself and her sister in the 90's.

The remains of Private Elmore will make their way to Bowling Green soon.

An official military funeral will take place in his honor in Clinton County.

"I can't explain it, but it's like he's still watching over me," said Bowlin.

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