Nearly 70 years later, a Korean War veteran's body is returned to family

ROCKY MOUNT, Va (WDBJ) -- Carlos Ferguson grew up in Smoot, W. Va., with five siblings. Once he graduated high school, Ferguson enlisted in the Army.

"That's just what he wanted to do, there weren't any jobs around where we lived so he joined the Army." said Joan Ferguson Hodges, his only surviving sibling.

Two years after Ferguson enlisted, he was sent overseas to fight in the Korean War.

On May 18, 1951, just one day before his 21st birthday, Ferguson was listed Missing in Action. Not long after that, his younger brother, Bobby Ferguson, was listed Missing in Action in the same war.

After years of hoping their bodies would be returned to the country, Hodges accepted that she'd never see her brothers again.

In February, Hodges' daughter, Bobbie Jo Hodges-Lamb, researched and found out Ferguson's remains were in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii.

After months of testing, Ferguson's remains were confirmed to be his and on May 16th, nearly 68 years after the day he went missing, his body was flown into Greensboro, North Carolina.