Fallen Whitesville soldier back in Kentucky

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Published: Dec. 6, 2022 at 2:45 PM CST
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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WFIE) - The body of a fallen soldier, missing for 72 years, has returned to Kentucky.

Private First Class Robert Wright, of Whitesville, is now home after after a flight to Louisville and motorcade escort to Cecil Funderal Home.

He arrived around 5 p.m.

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He was declared missing-in-action while serving in the Korean War, but his remains were identified with DNA testing in August.

His niece Jessie Hettinger remarked on the rain as he was honored, but said it was a good sign.

“Uncle Bobby’s crying because he’s coming home and he’s glad to be home,” she said.

She thanked the dozens of people who lined the road to welcome him back to Whitesville.

Here’s video from the procession in Louisville:

Here’s our live coverage at 5 p.m. Tuesday night:

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Our Brady Williams was live at 6 p.m. with coverage on fallen soldier Robert Wright:

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