CORINTH, Miss. (WTVA) - A Korean War soldier is coming home following his discovery 68 years later.
Julius E. McKinney, known as "Junior," was born Feb. 1, 1927, in Brilliant, Alabama.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 21. He was later deployed to North Korea. He later engaged in battle at the Chosin Reservoir in 1950.
He became unaccounted for and was declared Missing in Action.
The search for his remains lasted until March 2018 when the U.S. Army confirmed bone findings of McKinney.
His remains will be brought to Corinth for burial. Charles Palmer with the Patriot Guard says the Guard will meet McKinney's remains at the Memphis International Airport and escort him to Corinth.
Corinth's Magnolia Funeral Home will host a visitation on Thursday, June 7 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the funeral service will take place on Friday, June 8 at 11 a.m.
Interment will follow at 1 p.m. in the National Cemetery in Corinth.
The funeral home says one sibling was a resident of Corinth, as well as several family members remaining in the area.
McKinney received the Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.