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64 Years in the Making: Soldier's Remains Returned to Salisbury Family

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SALISBURY, Md. - The remains of a soldier thought missing for 64 years are being returned to a Salisbury family for a proper military burial.

Sgt. Richard Archambeault was killed in North Korea in 1950.  His remains were thought to be lost.  About a decade ago, his great-nephew, Andrew Marshall of Salisbury, began to learn about Archambeault through his mother.  Marshall took to the internet to find out anything he could about his great-uncle.  Marshall was able to find a man in upstate New York who said he knew Archambeault.

"There was a fellow that was up in upstate New York and he said he was in the same unit so I got him in touch with my grandfather and they were able to talk.  And I don't really know what ever became of that, but from what I understand, he said my great uncle was hit by a mortar.

Marshall then came across a military website that encouraged family of missing military members to have blood work done for DNA testing.  Marshall had his great-aunt and his grandfather, Archambeault's brother give their blood work to the military.  The testing was done in 2006.  Since then, Marshall's family was in the dark - until just a couple weeks ago.

"A couple weeks ago, I was driving through town and my grandfather calls me.  I was really surprised because he never usually calls me on my cell phone very often.  I answered and said, hey, what's going on?  And he said they found Richard.  And my jaw just dropped, it was completely out of the blue," Marshall said.

Sgt. Archambeault's remains were being held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii.  The military recently visited with Marshall and his grandfather to discuss where Archambeault was last fighting in North Korea.  The family also learned part of Archambeault's remains were found in 1993 and more in 2000.  Marshall said the discover is far more than just closure for his grandfather who also fought in Korea.

"It just devastated him.  And he's always felt guilt that he came home and his brother didn't."

And for Marshall, he was able to something for his grandfather 64 years n the making.

"The fact that I had some part of this, to bring home a man that I never knew, that I never will know.  It's pretty surprising.  I mean, who knew the internet could help you find a guy that had died 60 years ago and bring him home," Marshall said.

Sgt. Richard Archambeault is finally coming home.  Archambeault will have a full military funeral Monday in Wicomico County.

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