Advancements in DNA testing technology and evidence gathered from where their remains were found helped in identifying these two war heroes and brought them home.
Two war veterans will finally be laid to rest, decades after their deaths.
Staff Sergeant Harold Kuhn of Bolivar, NY died during the Second World War. Corporal William Sadewasser of Wellsville was killed during the Korean War.
Their remains were finally flown home Thursday morning. Families of these war heroes were overwhelmed by the warm welcome they've witnessed. It was a long-awaited homecoming.
At the Greater Rochester International Airport, family members and dozens of Patriot Guard members paid tribute to two war heroes.
Corporal Sadewasser’s nephew, Matthew Green, says he was only 18 when he fought his first battle.
Green: "I do wish that my dad was still around to see it because he spoke so highly of his brother about little stories... Growing up on a farm."
Corporal Sadewasser's remains were found 60 years after the battle of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea.
Green: "The battles that they fought back then were a lot different than nowadays."
Staff Sergeant Harold Kuhn, a World War II army soldier, was killed in Papua, New Guinea. The plane he was on crashed shortly after takeoff.
His niece, Ruth Thompson, was only six-years-old when he left to fight in the war.
Thompson: "He loved to tease and fun-loving, nice young man and the apple of his mother's eye."
After decades of searching and not knowing, Thursday their families found the closure they all needed.
Thompson: "I'm amazed at this country that the people that still care; the army that still cares. Seeing all the flags lined up."
Green: "We're just very proud of the country the way they kept, the way the followed through on their promise to bring our boys back."
Advancements in DNA testing technology and evidence gathered from where their remains were found helped in identifying these two war heroes.