The U.S. Army brought home a hero Tuesday.
Escorted by a few government cars and the police, the flag-draped coffin of Sgt. 1st Class Lincoln Clifford May of Plainville lay in the back of an O’Brien Funeral Home hearse as it drove the Korean War soldier’s remains back from the airport.
May, who died in 1950 during a ferocious battle with the Chinese Army in Korea, will be buried Friday near his family in Plainville’s West Cemetery.
The wake is slated to for 8:30 to 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with burial to follow.
May’s remains were among the boxes sent to the U.S. by North Korea in 1993. They were identified this year by comparing DNA to samples provided by two nephews, Glenn and Cliff Block of Bristol.
The funeral isn’t the only Korean War event this week.
The city’s Korean War veterans are marking the 59th anniversary of the start of the war with a ceremony on Memorial Boulevard at 11 a.m., Thursday.The ceremony will feature Bristol veteran Frank Parker talking about his experiences in combat during the Korean War in 1950 and 1951,A luncheon follows at the American Legion hall on Hooker Court. Korean War veterans are invited to attend.
To honor his uncle, Cliff Block said the Korean War veterans are raising money to purchase a commercial washer and dryer for the Veterans Home in Rocky Hill.
Donations can be sent to The Korean Conflict Veterans Association, c/o The American Legion Post #2, 22 Hooker Court, Bristol, CT 06010.
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