Fallen soldier one step closer to home

Published 6:38 pm Thursday, June 6, 2013

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The remains of U.S. Army Master Sgt. Olen Berry Williams arrived at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport on Thursday on a flight from Hawaii, where they had lain at the National Military Cemetery since Williams was declared Missing In Action following the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea on Dec. 12, 1950.

An Honors Detachment from Fort Rucker helped transfer the remains to Martin Funeral Home in Clanton, which will handle funeral services at Evergreen Cemetery in Verbena on Sunday.

Williams’ case was re-opened in 2012, and DNA samples provided by relatives led to the identification of his remains.

For the complete story—in photographs and text—about Williams finding his final resting place, visit ClantonAdvertiser.com next week and see Tuesday’s print edition of The Clanton Advertiser.

Williams’ obituary can be found here.