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Remains identified as Toledo Marine 63 years later

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    Saturday, May 24 2014 6:27 PM EDT2014-05-24 22:27:01 GMT
    On the holiday weekend set aside to remember those who gave their life for their country, a local Marine finally got the burial he deserved, 64 years after he lost his life.
    On the holiday weekend set aside to remember those who gave their life for their country, a local Marine finally got the burial he deserved, 64 years after he lost his life.
Billy Power's memories of his brother-in-law are fresh.

He remembers when Corporal Harold Reed married his wife Dorothy in the mid 40's, and what he said when Power started dating Reed's sister, Milly.

"He let me know, that's my baby sister," Power said.

He also remembers the last time he ever saw him.

"Milly and I went down to the old train station to see him off and say goodbye," Powers remembers.

Cpl. Reed boarded a train to California in 1950.  The final destination was Korea.

But in November of the same year, Reed was killed in action from a missile wound.

His remains couldn't be identified, until now.

"I supplied DNA from Harold's letters to his mother, he licked the glue," Power told 13abc.

Now, 63 years later, Power is planning the service he says Reed always deserved. 

At times, he says, he can't believe it's actually happening.

"I hope for it," he said.  "Until they tell you he's on his way, it just doesn't sink in."

"His mother and sister insisted all through their lives, he's coming home," Power said.

And it will be a hero's welcome for a man who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Reed's visitation is scheduled for Friday May 23rd from 4pm to 8pm at the Newcomer Funeral Home on Laskey.

His burial will be at the Ottawa Hills Memorial Cemetery at noon.