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21/12/2013 11:36 GMT | Updated 23/01/2014 01:38 GMT

Clara Gantt Weeps Over Coffin Of Husband Lost In Korean War 63 Years Ago (PICTURE, VIDEO)

This incredible picture shows 94-year-old Clara Gantt weeping over the remains of her dead husband who disappeared 63 years ago. Army Sergeant 1st Class Joseph E. Gantt went missing during the Korean War in November 30, 1950, and was subsequently listed as a prisoner of war/missing person.

At the end of the war in 1953, returning soldiers confirmed that Gantt had been injured in battle, captured by the Chinese and had subsequently died in a POW camp of malnutrition. His remains were recently identified and flown back to Los Angeles for a dawn ceremony. The details of where and how his remains were found have not been disclosed.

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94-year-old widow Clara Gantt attends a solemn ceremony at Los Angeles International Airport

His widow attended the ceremony, being helped out of her wheelchair to weep over the coffin draped in the US flag.

"He told me if anything happened to him he wanted me to remarry. I told him no, no. Here I am, still his wife," she said. "Sixty-some odd years and just receiving his remains, coming home, was a blessing and I am so happy that I was living to accept him."

Sergeant Gantt is to be buried with full military honours next week.