Goodridge, MN, POW Laid to Rest After 60 YearsFamily members finally got some closure Tuesday, after the funeral in Goodridge, MN, for a soldier who died in captivity 60 years ago.
Family members finally got some closure Tuesday, after the funeral in Goodridge, MN, for a soldier who died in captivity 60 years ago.
Corporal James Norman Sund was taken as a prisoner during combat in South Korea in 1951, and on Tuesday, his family finally got to say goodbye.
"His life was taken from him for the service of his country and with that I have a great deal of respect," Sund's nephew Ralph Hayes said.
A family came together, in the small town of Goodridge to celebrate a hero's life.
"Just kind of nice, like a celebration that he gets to actually be back," Sund's niece Marilyn Stanley said.
Corporal Sund was taken as a prisoner of war and his remains were not identified until six months ago, bringing the family's emptiness to a close.
"Two of the sisters gave DNA about five years ago and that's what they used for identification purposes," family member Warren Hanestad said.
"Enough of his remains were identified that they could declare him deceased. Up until that time, he was missing in action and possibly still alive," Hayes said.
Hundreds gathered for his funeral at Faith Lutheran Church in Goodridge to remember and honor the fallen soldier.
"It's been almost 60 years. It's been 59 since he lived in this community and I'm just overwhelmed with the support and honor that they've shown," Hayes said.
And on this bittersweet day, family watches as the remains of a long lost family member are finally laid to rest.
"It was amazing to watch people of all ages who were standing with their hands over their hearts or waving flags, words can't express," Hanestad said.
Sund was buried at the Highlanding Cemetery near the farm he grew up in.
Governor Mark Dayton ordered Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff Tuesday in honor of Sund.