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Soldier killed in Korean War back home
Rochester, N.Y. - An Ontario County soldier killed in the Korean War 63 years ago returned home on Wednesday afternoon.
The remains of Army Cpl. George Conklin, Jr. were brought to Phelps on Wednesday.
People saluted and waved flags to pay tribute to the fallen hometown hero, as a motorcade brought his remains from Greater Rochester International Airport to Phelps.
"It's a sad day, but also a happy day, because everybody's going to be together," said Mary Conklin, Cpl. Conklin's sister-in-law. "Now he's gonna be home. My husband passed away four years ago, his other brother passed away in the spring, and his parents died in 1993. So now, all of them are going to be together."
Cpl. Conklin was first listed as missing in action after a December 1950 battle, when he was just 18. His status was later changed to killed in action. Cpl. Conklin's remains were only recently found and identified.
Conklin will be buried at Resthaven Cemetery in the Village of Phelps on Saturday.