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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - In 1950, Corporal C.G. Bolden left his home in Clinton, Ark. to serve in the Korean War. He died after being taken prisoner, and Thursday more than 1,000 people helped deliver the hero back home to Clinton.
Time is an interesting thing. Sometimes it's fast, sometimes it's slow, but in the big picture, it gives the moments in our lives meaning. Especially when those moments are 63 years in the making
"I always thought he was still in Korea in that trench where they buried him," said Geraldean Johnson, Bolden's wife.
In 1950 Corporal C.G. Bolden left his home in Clinton, Ark. to fight in the Korean War, he was only 23. While in combat, he was captured in South Korea and taken prisoner, where he died of starvation. Bolden's family got the news but they never got their hero.
For 42 years Bolden's body was held by the Koreans, until he and more than 200 other war heroes' remains were turned over to the United States in what became known as the 208K.
More than 20 years from that day, another one of those 200 soldiers came home. Thousands of people lined the 74 miles to that home and helped give this hero and his family a timeless moment they've been waiting for.
There will be a visitation for Bolden Saturday in Clinton. It will be at 11 a.m. in the Clinton High School auditorium. His funeral will follow.