MORRISVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A North Carolina soldier who died in the Korean War returned to his home state on Tuesday, and was welcomed by a brother he never knew.
Army Cpl. Charles E. Ivey was reported missing in action on Nov. 29, 1950. He was 21 at the time. His remains returned to Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Tuesday.
Ivey fought with Company K, 3rd Battalion, 187 Airborne Infantry Regiment. His patrol was ambushed along a highway by enemy troops, the Department of Defense said.
In 1993, the North Korean government returned some remains from the area where he was killed. The Department of Defense said analysis of skeletal and dental remains this year identified the remains as those of Ivey.
He will be buried in Henderson on Nov. 29.
His brother, Harold Ivey, was born 11 months after Cpl. Ivey died. Harold Ivey is one of 12 siblings and the only one still alive. He and the rest of his siblings all served the country in some way.
“We all served, we all loved this country and I think we’d give up our lives for this country, just to keep the peace,” Ivey said.
Ivey said giving his brother a proper send-off is “the last thing I can possibly do for him.”
“For him to be honored in this way, even though I never met him, I’m still proud of him for what he did,” Ivey said.
Harold Ivey gets to give his brother a proper burial after his remains were returned home after death in Korean War. pic.twitter.com/gY1BFkxCd2
— David Hurst (@DHurstWNCN) November 24, 2015