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Hope and Closure: Ashland Korean War Vet Finally Being Laid to Rest

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: August 16, 2019 10:58 PM

An Ashland family never got the chance to truly say "Goodbye" after U.S. Army Pvt. Edward Morrison died in the Korean War. For years, his body went unidentified. Thankfully, DNA helped find his remains and he'll be laid to rest at home.

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It took 69 long years to bring Morrison home. It’s something his siblings never imagined would happen.

“This has been a miracle for us and I never thought in my lifetime he would ever come home,” said Barbara Bjork, the youngest sister of Morrison.

Morrison died in the Korean War at the young age of 19 in 1950. His family didn't get the chance to bury him because his remains weren’t found.

“I was never expecting this to ever happen. I always thought to myself, someday he's going to knock on the door,” said Harriet Yachinich, a sister of Morrison.

A set of remains were recovered in South Korea a year after Morrison’s death. The remains weren't positively identified until recently.

"They did the DNA and found it. It was the complete body at the Hawaiian Bowl,” Yachinich said.

Morrison’s three remaining siblings got a phone call they never imagined they would get in late July, letting them know their big brother would be coming home.

The Minnesota Patriot Guard gave Morrison a special escort home Wednesday from the Minneapolis Airport.

“All the people that were on overpasses they were there with their flags and the different towns. When we got to town, that was really emotional,” said Yachinich and Bjork.

All three sisters have very special memories with him.

“The day he came home on furlough he was walking down the path and I remembered he'd come down through the dining area and he'd seen Barbara and picked her up and threw her up and caught her again,” said Ann Krouse, a sister of Morrison.

“He'd do anything for everybody he was just an awesome brother,” Bjork said.

Morrison's casket had a big American flag over it Thursday at the Frost Home for Funerals. The newspaper announcing his death is framed along with all the medals he earned for his service.

“Even though it's been 69 years, it's still to me like a real funeral like he was just at 19 again,” Bjork again.

Morrison is honored and remembered in his hometown. There’s a veterans mural in Ashland that pays respect to his memory. The mural says he earned a Purple Heart, which recognizes the ultimate sacrifice he made for the country.

“This will very much be closure,” said Yachinich and Bjork.

After many years of not knowing anything about their brother, the Morrison sisters will finally have peace in their heart and mind. They'll finally give their big brother the funeral he deserved.

Morrison will be buried by his mom and dad at Mt. Hope Saturday.

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Alejandra Palacios

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