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Hero Homecoming: Remains of local Korean War veteran to return home after 68 years

WEST MONROE, La. - It's been 68 years since Korean War veteran Sgt. Lester Walker became a prisoner of war. 
This week his remains are finally returning to rest in Louisiana soil. 

In less than 24 hours, hundreds are expected to participate in Sgt. Lester "Bob" Walker homecoming celebration. 
Any given day you can find Doug Walker sitting on his porch. 
But, this Thursday he'll be somewhere else. 

"We going to Jackson airport, because my brother is flying in over there his remains," said Sgt. Walker's younger brother, Doug Walker. 

Those remains belonging to his older brother Sgt. Lester walker. 
At 16, he begged his parents to allow him to leave Ferriday, Louisiana and enlist in the army. 
A decision they initially fought. 

"Mama and Daddy weren't gone sign for him to go and, so he said I'm just gone change the bible and they went ahead and signed for him to get in," said Walker.  

A few years later walker was reported a missing as a prisoner of war.
Then declared dead, leaving his family heartbroken. 

"It might have been the last letter we got from him. He told her to read the 23rd Psalms and he was being deployed to battle," said Walker. 

Last year, Walker was contacted by military officials in Kentucky requesting his DNA. 
Shortly after, he received the news of a lifetime --- his hero was coming home. 
 
"I thought I don't know, but for so many years that he would just show up one day. Glad yo say he is gone be here," said Walker. 

Thursday's funeral procession is expected to be coming along 1-20 starting around 2p.m. 
Then on to Griffin Funeral Home on Warren Drive.
Walker's final resting place will be at the Ruggs Bluff Cemetery in Union Parish along with family. 
 


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