August 22, 2014

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Grant County veteran's remains return home to family and to finally rest in peace

Dorothy Gordon Gayheart of Grant County clutches a photograph of her brother, Paul Gordon, as a young soldier heading off to fight in the Korean Conflict.  She waited 60 years for his return after he was listed as missing in action in 1951.

(Editor's Note: The Grant County News Editor Jamie Baker-Nantz has graciously allowed The Falmouth Outlook to run the stories she wrote concerning the Korean War soldier who was laid to rest on June 20, some 60 years after his death. Hopefully, veterans and other subscribers will be interested in this veteran's story. The initial findings began on February 20, 2014 with others added on June 19, 2014 and the final story of his funeral on June 20, 2014.)

By Jamie Baker-Nantz, Editor
Grant County News

Dorothy Gordon Gayheart clutched an enhanced color photograph of her baby brother tightly in her worn, wrinkled hands as she intently studied another photograph and diagram of his remains. Tears sprang to her weathered, but sharp eyes as she looked at him for the first time since he left Grant County when he joined the Korean War as a soldier.

Paul Marshall Gordon went missing in January 1951, but his family never gave up hope as they spent 60 years waiting for him to come home. His remains were removed from Hawaii and returned to Williamstown on Tuesday, June 17 for a burial with full military honors in the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North.