DENVER –- A Korean War veteran’s remains finally are back home in Colorado for burial, more than 60 years after his death in a prisoner of war camp.
His surviving family never knew him, but the emotional significance of his return will last generations to come.
Sgt. Floyd Jackson’s remains landed at Denver International Airport on Thursday morning and a full military procession will take the remains to Olinger Chapel Hill Cemetery in Centennial.
Jackson served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War. He was taken prisoner in December 1950 and died in a POW camp a month later.
His remains were unknown to his family until February. Jackson’s niece Joann Mueller said she provided a DNA sample to the Army in hopes of finding her uncle’s remains – and it worked.
Mueller got the news from her husband. She never met her uncle, but that didn’t matter.
“I was very emotional,” Mueller said. “It kind of melted my heard that I did something in my lifetime that meant something. It will mean something to my kids and my grandchildren.”
Jackson will be given a full military funeral with honors Saturday, but his family thought it would be fitting that he be buried next to the mother he loved.