Leominster man killed in Korean War returns home

Posted: 10/16/13 at 5:35 pm EDT      Last Updated: 10/17/13 at 7:47 am EDT

LEOMINSTER, Mass. (AP) -- The remains of a Leominster soldier killed during the Korean War have been brought home.

Hundreds of people lined the procession route bringing the remains of Pfc. Norman Dufresne to his hometown Wednesday afternoon.

Residents lined the route from Mechanic Street to Third Street to the Simard Funeral Home on Walker Street.

Dufresne went missing during a battle in South Korea in July 1950. His remains were found in August 1951, but were only recently identified using modern forensic technology.

Dufresne's sister, Claire Weber, and nephew Al Guillemette, said his return is an answer to his family's prayers over 63 years.

A service at the Leominster Veterans Center is scheduled Thursday. A public wake will be held Friday at Leominster City Hall and a full military funeral at St. Cecilia's Church on Saturday.

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