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After 65 years, the remains of Cambridge Korean War veteran Cpl. Ronald Sparks return to Cambridge Tuesday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
After 65 years, the remains of Cambridge Korean War veteran Cpl. Ronald Sparks return to Cambridge Tuesday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
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It's a bittersweet day for the family of a Korean War veteran from Cambridge.

Cpl. Ronald Sparks, 20, died in 1951 in a North Korean prisoner of war camp. But his remains went missing for six decades.

Back in June, using DNA, the military identified a previously unidentified soldier buried at the National Memorial Cemetery in Hawaii as Sparks. Those remains will be returned to his family Tuesday, following a procession through Cambridge.

Sparks' nephew, Bob Sparks, has spent the past decade trying to find his uncle. Sparks talked with WBUR's Morning Edition and discussed the significance of his uncle's remains finally coming home.

This segment aired on August 16, 2016.

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