After 62 Years of Uncertainty Korean War Veterans Gets Homecoming
Published September 28th, 2012
GAINESVILLE- At 88 years old Jean Lunsford has been just as patient waiting for word on the remains of her brother Captain Turnace Brown as he was with her growing up.
After years of waiting and worrying questions on the whereabouts of her brother and best friend can finally be put to rest.
Jean Lunsford remembers the last time she saw her brother Captain Turnace Brown 62years ago and says she hasn’t forgotten him since.
Brown was deployed overseas during the Korean War in September of 1952... she says that’s the last time they were together.
Brown Graduated from Gainesville High School and attended the University of florida before he was drafted.
Lunsford says she was always close to Brown, who was more than a brother to her.
“He was my father my friend my advisor my gatekeeper, my best friend.”
So after news in 1951 that he was MIA and KIA, her world changed and not until now after 62 years of waiting, has she found some closure.
Lunsford says after several trips to heaven and Earth resulting from health scares she can finally go in peace.
"If I didn’t have to get through this service next friday, I would cheerfully die today."
- "Just because you know?"
"I know where I’m going I know they are there, it makes it easier.”
A happy ending to a full life for Lunsford that will begin on Wednesday when partial skeletal remains fly in to Florida, one step closer to the place he called home.
Services for Captain Brown will take place next Friday at Milam funeral home.
He will be buried at Forest Meadows with full military honors.
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