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Soldier who disappeared nearly 7 decades ago laid to rest

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A soldier whose remains came home nearly seven decades after he disappeared was laid to rest Friday. 

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

Hope was all he had.

“You never lose that ‘Is he going to come home’ feeling,” Bullis said.

Bullis said he and Milton were best friends. In 1948, Milton followed Don’s footsteps and joined the Army. Shortly after, Milton fought in the Korean War.

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

On December 1, 1950, Private First Class Milton Bullis was declared Missing in Action. A short time later, the Army declared Milton 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,” 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 to Milton’s remains.

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

"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,” Bullis said.

It was a bittersweet moment Bullis has spent the majority of his life hoping he’d get, and a reunion he said 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,” Bullis said.

Private First Class Milton Bullis was promoted to Corporal after his death.

Bullis received full military honors at his funeral today. His final resting spot is among thousands of other war heroes at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly. 

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