Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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November 14, 2012

Welcome home, soldier

Sgt. Bear, killed in Korean War, finally laid to rest

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Nov. 14, 2012 — Marth, who is Glen Bear’s daughter, delivered her uncle’s eulogy. She said her father was 9 when his older brother joined the Army in 1948 at the age 17 and shipped out for Korea shortly thereafter.

She said her father always described his brother as “a gentle man who always had a smile for everyone.” He was also a tall man who often had to stoop when walking through a doorway, especially if he was wearing a hat, she said.

During his brief time in the service, Bear, a member of Company F, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, received numerous awards, including the Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal. Those awards are proof of how dedicated her uncle was to the mission, Marth said.

“He was a man of commitment and a man to be greatly admired,” she said. “He may have just been a boy when he joined the Army, but he died a hero.”

And, even though her uncle’s body was missing for more than 60 years, “his sweet, gentle spirit remained alive,” Marth said.

Marth said after the ceremony that having her uncle’s remains accounted for at long last had brought a sense of peace to her entire family. She also said it was good knowing they could come visit “Uncle Wayne” whenever they wanted.

The Patriot Guard Riders escorted Bear’s remains from Columbus and stood vigil during the service. Reed Funeral Home of Greenup handled the arrangements.

An honor guard from Fort Knox performs a 21-gun salute during the service.

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