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Soldier laid to rest 62 years after death

8:03 PM, Oct 5, 2013   |    comments
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BAR HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Family members of Corporal Robert Tait, finally got some closure Saturday morning. Laying to rest the soldier who was killed in the Korean War 62 years ago.

Tait joined the army at 17 years old, two years later in 1951 his family got word that he died in a Korean Prisoner of War camp after suffering from Malnutrition. It wasn't until last month that his remains were discovered by a Korean Farmer digging in his garden. After more than a half a century of waiting, family members were able to lay his remains to rest at the Ledgelawn Cemetery in Bar Harbor on Saturday.

"No words to explain it," said Tait's sister, Iona Strout. "I'm just happy."

Several attended the service that had full military honors, including Governor Paul LePage and First Lady Ann LePage.

"After 62 years of being away we brought him home and that's the mark of our military," said Gov. LePage. "They always want to and work towards bringing all the soldiers home."

Corporal Robert Tait received several medals of honor for his service, including the Purple Heart.

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