"Those guys were our heroes, the guys coming up now. They're our heroes, they're what we wanted to be like. That's why we became soldiers," said SFC Clint Bolyard of the West Virginia National Guard.
It was the final leg of Corporal Alva Clifford Groves' long journey home, 63 years in the making, as the procession with his remains arrived at the National Cemetery.
"We're bringing our brothers home. I mean, really bringing them home," said veteran Butch Mundell.
"Back here in our hills of West Virginia in a place where all of us will end up one of these days," said veteran Bob Carr.
Among those in attendance was Tom Mathews, who also served in the Korean War. Mathews was a prison of war during World War II in Germany for seven-and-a-half months.
"He has the right to the respect, as a POW, that the rest of us that we get when we are laid to rest. I think he deserves it. It's just so sad it has to be this late," said Mathews.
Groves was given full military honors, as the National Guard presented his family with a flag. It was an overwhelming show of support for a true American hero who never had the chance to come back home and live his life.
"We have a new saying now. Never again will we ever leave a comrade that we can't go get him and bring him back with us," said Carr.
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