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64 Years Later, Fallen Soldier Finally Laid to Rest

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SALISBURY, Md. - Presumed lost for about 64 years, Sgt. Ricahrd Archambeault's remains were recently identified and returned to his family in Salisbury.  Monday, Archambeault's family finally got their chance to say goodbye.

Sgt. Archambeault was killed in Korea in 1950, but his remains were never recovered.  The military presumed Archambeault dead in 1953 but there was still no body.  Still no closure for Archambeault's family.  Decades later, Archambeault's great-nephew, Andrew Marshall, began to learn about his long lost relative and do some online research.  Marshall began his search in 2003.  Three years later, he had his family give the U.S. military DNA samples in the hopes that unidentified human remains could turn out to be Archambeault.  Years went by with no answers.  However, it was just a few weeks ago when Richard Archambeault's brother, Bernard, received a phone call notifying Richard's remains had been found and he would be returned home.

Monday, at the Wicomico Memorial Park, Richard Archambeault was laid in his final resting place with full military honors.  It was a day his brother never believed he would see.

"Came as a shock when they found out they found remains of him and well, it was hard to believe," said Bernard Archambeault.

Bernard Archambeault was presented with a flag along with his brother's dog tags and his military medals.  But Bernard and many of his family members say finding Richard, and the funeral, would not have been possible without his grandson, Andrew Marshall.  It was Marshall's desire to learn more about his great-uncle that led him to suggest the DNA testing.  The family said it was the curiosity of Marshall that eventually led to the phone call letting the family know Archambeault had been found.

"It was absolutely incredible.  Just to think that, just to think that he's finally here. It's just unbelievable, you know," said Marshall.

Bernard Archambeault said he may not have seen his brother in over six decades, but always has considered him a hero.

"He's always in my heart," said Bernard Archambeault.

Bernard and his entire family finally go their chance to say goodbye.

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