Local war hero's remains to return home after 67 years - WNEM TV 5

Local war hero's remains to return home after 67 years

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A Grand Blanc man is learning the fate of his brother after nearly seven decades and is awaiting a bittersweet reunion.

Milton Bullis disappeared while fighting in North Korea.

His brother, 87-year old Don Bullis, no longer has to wonder what happened to his younger sibling.

"You never lose that 'is he going to come home feeling," Don Bullis said.

For 67 painful years, Don Bullis said he held on to hope he'd see his brother Milton Bullis again.

Because hope is all he had.

“Until he was born, I was the baby of the family, so I got all the attention. After he was born, things changed, and he couldn't do anything wrong, it was always my fault," Don Bullis laughed.

He said they were best friends. In 1948, Milton Bullis followed his brother’s footsteps and joined the Army.

Shortly after, Milton Bullis fought in the Korean War.

“And that was the last time I saw him," Don Bullis said.

On December 1, 1950, Private First Class Milton Bullis was declared missing in action. A short time later, the Army declared bullis dead. He was just 20-years old.

The location of the war hero's body was a mystery until now. 

“I just hoped it would be in my lifetime, and I got my wish, as bittersweet as it is," Don Bullis said.

A little more than 10 years ago, a joint recovery team entered North Korea and found the remains of U.S. Soldiers.

Just recently, the Department of Defense matched DNA from Don Bullis to Milton Bullis's remains.

The Army contacted the family and Don Bullis’s daughter broke the news to him.

“All she said was, it was him. I've heard the word bittersweet, and I’ve heard the word bittersweet, all my life, and never knew what it was until now," said Don Bullis.

A bittersweet moment Don Bullis has spent the majority of his life hoping he'd have. And soon a reunion he says he'll never let go.

“I'm taking some of his remains, ashes, with me, so we're never going to be apart again. He'll be with me, as long as I live, with the urn," Don Bullis said.

Milton Bullis was promoted to a Corporal after his death.

His remains are currently in Hawaii and will soon be flown to Michigan.

Hill Funeral Home in Grand Blanc will take care of his remains.

On Friday, October 21, the war hero’s memorial service will be held at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly.

The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m.

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