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Decades later, soldier to be returned to family for burial

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Curtis Wells (Source: Wells family) Curtis Wells (Source: Wells family)
HURON COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

More than six decades after a loved one went missing while serving our country, a Mid-Michigan family has closure.

Private First Class Curtis Wells, 19, disappeared in the early 1950’s while serving in Korea. In April, the Pentagon confirmed remains found in Korea belonged to Curtis.

Family gave the military samples of their DNA years ago to help in the process.

On Thursday, Sept. 1, the DPAA announced the remains of the serviceman will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. 

The Korean War was known for being short, but very bloody. Nearly 40,000 Americans lost their lives in combat. According to a government accounting agency, nearly 7,800 Americans are unaccounted for.

"When you think about it and you see his picture up there all the time, you think because we didn't have closure, is it possible that he is alive some place in Korea,"  the serviceman's brother, Bill Wells, said.

He said the family has pondered the question since 1952 when the Army told the family Curtis was missing in action. Even when the Army proclaimed him dead, they had a hard time believing it.

"In our minds he was missing in action," Bill Wells said.

The only clue they had about their brother in the decades that followed came from a soldier who contacted them after the war.

"They were ordered to retreat, but this young man, at the time, said that when he looked back everybody retreated but Curtis," Bill Wells said.

Now, 64 years later Coldier Curtis Wells, who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country, will be coming home.

Wells will be buried on Sept. 10 in Harbor Beach. 

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