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Lynchburg veteran to be buried Thursday

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Update: 4:30 p.m.:

After decades of waiting for answers a local family finally has closure.

Lynchburg native Sergeant Charles Scott was killed in December 1950 at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War.

After more than 50 years of waiting, 98-year old Frances Dresser is getting answers about her son who is coming home to be buried.

"He never thought of it as a danger or anything like that. He enjoyed every minute of it. He loved the service and was patriotic," said Frances Dresser, Scott's mother.

Scott joined the Army after graduating high school in Lynchburg.

"Most of his company, I understand, was wiped out. They were in a very bad battle and were trying to retreat to get out of there. The communist Chinese, I understand, came over the hill and just thousands of them," said Patricia Goff, who was just a kid at the time. "In December 1950 my mother received a telegram that he was missing. In December 1953 he was declared deceased."

Scott's body was not identified. The enemy stripped soldiers of their names and ranks.

The family finally got some answers when the military hand-delivered a book--- dozens of pages of how they were finally able to identify Sgt. Scott.

"We had kind of thought this may never happen in our lifetime, my lifetime, least of all my mom's," said Goff.

His body has been buried for the last few decades in Hawaii and finally identified this year by matching DNA from Scott's tooth to his sister and mother.

"I couldn't believe it and I still have a hard time even though it's all unfolded now," said Goff.

Sgt. Scott is being flown back to Virginia to be buried in Lynchburg.

"It means a lot that he will be that close to home and it's a comfort to know that he's not so far off that I wouldn't ever be able to go to his grave," said Dresser.

"I said Charles would not believe how much attention he's getting and she said maybe he knows," said Goff.

Sgt. Scott's remains will be flown into Richmond Tuesday, September 3 where he will be honored with a plane side ceremony. He will then make the journey home to Lynchburg with an Army escort.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2:00 PM on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at Fort Hill Memorial Park, with full military honors.

Memorial contributions may be sent to The Korean War Project Membership Drive, P.O. Box 180190, Dallas TX 75218.

Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory, Lynchburg (434-237-9424) is assisting the family.

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Update 2:29: Our original headline incorrectly identified the date of Scott's burial.  The graveside service will not take place Monday, it will happen on Thursday, Sept. 5.

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The following is an obituary from Tharp funeral home: 

Sgt. Charles L. Scott, of Lynchburg, died Saturday, December 2, 1950, at the age of 20. He was a member of the U.S. Army, C Company, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7thInfantry Division, in Korea. He is survived by his 98 year old mother Frances H. Dresser, of Lynchburg.

Born Thursday, July 31, 1930, in Buena Vista, VA, Charles was a son of the late Elwood M. Scott.

Charles grew up in Lynchburg, graduating from Boonsboro High School in 1948. On August 24, 1948, Charles joined the Army and was sent to Fort Jackson, SC for Basic Training. On December 9, 1948, he was sent to Japan aboard The U.S. Army Transport General E.T. Collins, arriving in Japan on December 24, 1948. He was then deployed to Korea. The Battle of Chosin Reservoir took place between November 27, and December 13, 1950. The battle was fought over some of the roughest terrain and during some of the harshest weather conditions of the Korean War; temperatures plunged to 35 degrees below zero. Charles paid the ultimate price during this battle - his life. In 1954, as part of Operation Glory, some war dead from the U.S. and Korea were exchanged. Charles' remains were included with this exchange. With no way to identify him, his remains were given a number and buried in the National Cemetery of the Pacific known as the "Punchbowl" in Hawaii. In 2007, Charles' family submitted a DNA sample and finally in 2013, the Army was able to make a positive identification.

Sgt. Scott's remains will be flown into Richmond on September 3 where he will be honored with a plane side ceremony. He will then make the journey home to Lynchburg with an Army escort.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2:00 PM on Thursday, September 05, 2013 at Fort Hill Memorial Park, with full military honors.

Memorial contributions may be sent to The Korean War Project Membership Drive, P.O. Box 180190, Dallas TX 75218.

Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory, Lynchburg (434-237-9424) is assisting the family.

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