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ND Soldier's Remains Return Home 64 Years After Dying In Korean War

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 "My grandmother built a shrine on the farm for him in his honor," Jo Berg of Fargo said.

Growing up she never knew her uncle, but Berg couldn't wait to welcome him home. 

"It was like being in another world. It was just an amazing feeling. I don't know how to describe it," Berg said

Berg only heard stories of her uncle, Cletus Lies.  He was an honorable man, last seen as a medic in the Korean War taking care of a fellow soldier.

He was killed in action in 1950 and only 20 years old. His body was never found until this past December. 

Berg found out her uncle's remains were discovered and identified and he would finally be able to return home.

"Out of all the men missing it's just amazing they can be brought home," Berg said.

An overwhelming crowd of family, friends, strangers and fellow soldiers welcomed Lies home, honoring his service.

"Getting the remains of someone back who has been missing all these years, just think of his family," Korean War veteran John Meyer said.

Family not only in blood but in arms, like John Meyer, who never knew Lies but fought and was wounded in the same gruesome war.

"The Korean War was a very very vicious war, I don't know why people think it's forgotten," Meyer said.

But Lies serves as a reminder that Meyer and so many other soldiers live by-No one gets left behind.

"He's home. After all these years he's home," Meyer said.

Lies's remains were among several hundred turned over to the United States by North Korea between 1991 and 1994.

He will be buried in a cemetery in New Rockford near his hometown of Bremen, ND.

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