Misidentified World War II veteran coming home

VIROQUA, Wis. (WEAU) -- Private First Class Lawrence Gordon was killed in France during World War II on August 13, 1944.

He was 28 years old.

Gordon was misidentified as a German soldier and buried in Germany.

On Friday his remains came through Viroqua.

“He was a great horsemen, and we thought it would be an appropriate way to start his trip home with one last horse draw ride,” said nephew Lawrence Gordon.

Gordon's nephew who's name is also Lawrence Gordon said his family found out his uncle was missing in action in 2001.

His nephew said DNA testing confirmed the remains were his uncle's in February.

Gordon's remains were escorted by the Patriot Guard Riders and Run for the Wall, which supports prisoners of war and missing in action issues and works to provide healing for veterans, their families and friends.

“If that body is not recovered or you don't know where it is missing in action it's an emptiness we're trying to fill for them,” said Run for the Wall public relations director Harlan Olson.

“Nobody left behind. He gave everything he had, more 70 years ago, and we finally get to show the honor to him and his family on the sacrifice that he made,” said Patriot Guard Riders ride captain Henry Lang.

“It's a tremendously satisfying feeling. It's closure. He's not only identified and found he's going to be brought home and buried in his hometown where his father and two of his brothers are buried,” said Gordon's nephew.

Gordon's remains will arrive in Eastend, Saskatchewan on August 13.

He'll be buried there on the 70th anniversary of his death.


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