Capt. Turnace Brown To Be Buried
After 60 years in a foreign land, there isn't much left of the remains of a Gainesville soldier killed in the Korean War. G.H.S. graduate Turnace Brown was wounded, captured, and died in capitivity.
After all these years, his remains were finally identified and he has returned home for a proper burial.
There may not be much more than a memory--but for the family...its enough.
"I didn't think we'd find anything, I really didn't." Nancy Archibald's father, let alone his remains, are things that she thought she would never see.
The family's precious cargo is now finally home and waiting to be laid to rest after a 62 year wait. The skeletal remains of Army Capt. Turnace Brown who, during the Korean War, was taken prisoner after the battle at the Chosin Reservoir, completed an overdue roundtrip ending in Gainesville this week.
"When i put my hand on the casket it was like, this is my father and he;s finally home where he belongs."
Brown graduated from ghs and attended the University of Florida before he was drafted. In 1952, his family got the message that Brown was killed in action.
His sister, Jean Lunsford, said, "They don't even know when he died it was in a chinese prison camp with no medical facilities."
This week, hundreds are expected to come out in support of the veteran who fought for his home to which he finally gets to return.
Vietnam veteran John Richter explained, "It's an honor for me to come down and share my time with someone who gave all."
Some of those who came to welcome the remains, including Brown's daughter Archibald, say they never thought they'd see something like it. "It's a closure and to me it's amazing that after 60 years they can id somebody through DNA
A scientific link that will help both Archibald and Lunsford fill the void they've lived with for most of their lives...a partial skeleton in a casket, a seasoned soldier and family man returning from a long, long deployment.
"He touched that casket, and he started the prayer and then it began to feel real, and Bill said, my son said, 'I felt Turnace here he said I felt him here."
Brown will be buried at Forest Meadows Cemetery with a full military send off next to his mother and father...a closeness his family has gone without for far too long.
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