‘He’s coming home': Covington soldier to be laid to rest 70 years after going MIA

Closure for family of Covington soldier
Closure for family of Covington soldier

COVINGTON, Va. – 70 years after going missing in action during the Korean War, a soldier from Covington is finally returning home.

Ralph Cale leaving Covington to join the Army at the age of 17 is a memory his mother documented in an old family bible.

His sister Constance Gadd was just 4 years old at the time and doesn’t remember, but other memories of her brother still haunt her to this day.

“I remember the girls crying and me looking up and asking them, ‘Why are you crying?’” Gadd said.

Her parents received a telegram saying Cale had gone missing in action in December 1950 while fighting in the Korean War. The news shook their mother of 12 to her core.

“They literally had to carry her in. She was not able to walk and I remember that vividly,” Gadd said.

Four years later, Cale was declared dead despite no remains ever being found.

“That was the hardest part of all, not knowing, not knowing if he had been taken capture,” Gadd said.

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