Judith Bingham waited 74 years for her brother to come home from World War II, KDFW-TV reported. Her wishes have finally come true.
On Friday, the remains of her older brother, U.S. Army Pvt. Kenneth D. Farris of Dodson, Texas, arrived at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Dodson is a small town in the Texas panhandle.
Bingham was 6 when Farris was killed.
On Monday morning, the veteran, escorted by the North Texas Patriot Guard and Dallas Police, was laid in his final resting place in DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.
In November 1944, Farris was wounded by artillery during the Battle of Hurtgen Forest in Germany. He served with Company B, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
He left the front line for a first aid station but never arrived.
Farris was 19 when the Army declared him missing in combat.
In 1945, he was declared dead.
Nearly 33,000 Americans died during the three-month-long battle which has been described as one of the U.S. Army’s worst defeats in history.
How were his remains identified?
Farris’s remains were identified in April using DNA and dental technologies, according to DPAA.
His remains had been interred in a grave marked “unknown” in the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten, Netherlands. His name was listed on the Tablets of the Missing. A rosette will be placed beside his name there to show that he’s been accounted for.
What did his family say?
Bingham told KDFW that she always believed her brother would come home.
She said she started writing his story, but never finished it because there was no end.
“For 74 years he’s been gone, and for 55, I’ve looked for him,” Bingham said. “I’ve been everywhere, I’ve talked to all kinds of people that helped him. It’s a reality.”
Now, more than seven decades later, Bingham has closure and can finally write the last chapter in her brother’s story.