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Remains of WNY Marine killed in Korean War coming home

Posted at 11:33 PM, Jul 20, 2018
and last updated 2019-08-04 15:28:13-04

At Veteran’s Park, along the mighty USS Little Rocks, is a monument for a ‘Forgotten War.’ On the Korean War Memorial are dozens of names. All belong to Western New York men who died in Korea. Some of their bodies returned home. Some did not. Marine Sargent Meredith Frank Keirn's did not.  

“Well, we just waited,” said Jan Reeves. Reeves is Keirn’s younger brother. Earlier this summer, he got the news he waited nearly 70 years to hear.

The body of Sgt. Keirn was coming home.

“We got a notice, probably a couple of weeks ago, that his body was returned to the United States,” said Richard Reeves, Keirn’s nephew.

“Well it was a surprise,” said Jan.

The family still has unanswered questions. While they know their brother's body is back in the States, they don't know where it is. They're unsure if it will be at memorial service being held at the Odd Fellow and Rebekah Nursing Home in Lockport on Thursday, or when he will be laid to rest.

They do know there will eventually be a service at Arlington National Cemetery.  

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