Remains of soldier killed in Korean War returned to family in central Ohio

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More than 60 years later, a Korean War POW returns home to Columbus.

Family cheered as the plane carrying the remains of Private First Class Leroy Bryant touched down Wednesday.

Private Bryant couldn’t be accounted for after enemy forces attacked his unit on the Korean Peninsula in February 1951.

During a POW exchange after the war, officials discovered that Private Bryant was taken to a POW camp near the village of Changsong where he contracted bacterial endocarditis and died on July 3, 1951.

His remains were recovered in September 2017.

Bryant grew up in northeast Columbus, one of 11 children. One brother, Abner Bryant, is still living and witnessed the return of his remains.

“I think everybody is glad, we all gave our respects for him, and watch him come home, have closure for him,” said Abner Bryant.

Bryant’s identification is part of an effort by the Department of Defense to identify missing military members.

There will be a viewing for Leroy Bryant at 11 a.m. Friday at White’s Funeral and Cremation Services. A noon service will follow.