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Korean War Soldier's Remains Return Home

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - On Thursday, The remains of a missing Korean War soldier were returned home after more than 60 years.

Private First Class Schoenmann was 20-years-old when he went missing in action 62 years ago. On Thursday, after waiting since the 1950s, his family greeted his remains at the Nashville airport.

"Well it's certainly a wonderful day," brother Ernest Shoenmann said. "Something probably we didn't think would ever come about."

PFC Shoenmann was assigned to Company M, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division in the United States Army when he was involved in the infamous Battle of Chosin Reservoir in North Korea on November 28, 1950.

"He knew where he was going. He told me I don't think I'll ever come home alive. That was hard," his brother said while fighting back tears.

PFC Shoenmann reportedly died as a Prisoner of War on December 29, 1950.

His family said his remains were recovered in 2004, but were not identified until November 2012.

"I cried and I said thank the Lord," sister Edna Kilgore said tearfully about when she heard the news.

Sixty-two years later the details about what happened emerge.

"And I started to read it and I couldn't read it. It was so horrible," brother Ernest said. "I haven't read it yet."

SLIDESHOW: Korean War Soldier's Remains Return Home

Visitation will be held Friday from 5-8 p.m. at Layne Funeral Home in Palmer. It will also be held Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at Grundy County High School in Coalmont. Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. at Grundy County High School with the burial to follow at the Brown's Chapel Cemetery in Palmer. In case of inclement weather, all services will be held at Layne Funeral Home in Palmer.

"When we lay him to rest where mom and dad (are), by then we'll know he's back at home," Kilgore said.

Schoenmann was born in Palmer, Tennessee, but grew up in Tracy City where he attended James Shook School and worked on the Werner Farm with his family.

Governor Bill Haslam has ordered all flags to been flown at half-staff Saturday in his honor.

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