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7/30/05-Longview

Korean War Marine Buried In Longview

An East Texas marine has been listed as missing in action from the Korean war for over 50 years.  After all that time, his family got the opportunity to put him to rest today in Longview.  At Memory Park cemetery, 55 years after he was listed missing in action in Korea, a memorial was held for marine P.F.C. John Bryan.

"Each and every one of us that have worn that marine uniform know what courage, honor, commitment, and integrity means," said retired Colonel Randy Smith.

At 18, Bryan died when his unit was hit by a Chinese communist missile attack in the battle of Yudam-Ni in August of 1950.  His remains were never found.

"He stands in the unbroken line of patriots who have dared to die that freedom might live and grow and increase its blessings," said Joe Crenshaw of the V.F.W. post 4002.

Bryan joined the marines at 15, and re-enlisted at 17. Today his family was on hand for a funeral with full military honors.

"I kept writing to him and he wrote me, and my last 43 letters came back return to sender, it's wonderful and I just think it need to be done," Bryans' cousin Ruth Briggs says.

For his family it was a day to finally give proper honor for his service to his country.  "We're elieved, relieved that we're finally recognizing him," said Bryans' sister Lela Griffith.

The Bryan family was assisted with the memorial by the Longview Veterans of Foreign Wars post 4002.

Bob Hallmark reporting, bhallmark@kltv.com

 

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