It has been 65 years, but one Texas family finally has closure after the remains of Army Sergeant Billy J. Williams were found and identified. Sgt. Williams was an American soldier classified as a POW/MIA (prisoner of war/missing in action) during the Korean War in 1951.
A member of the 2nd Reconnaissance Company, 2nd Infantry Division, Williams’ company was attacked by the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces in the area of Chuam-ni in North Korea. He was declared missing after the battle.
In 1953, an American service member reported that Williams died in the prisoner of war camp, but without any remains, his family was never certain what might have become of him.
“I was overwhelmed because as a child I remember my Dad periodically would say, ‘There’s gonna be a knock on the door and we’re going to go to the door and Billy Joe is gonna be standing there,'” Williams’ niece, Nancy Williams Motal told ABC. “Today that knock was… I could hear that knock. He did get to come home.”
According to a press release from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, After an exchange of prisoner remains, scientists were able to conclusively identify Williams’ DNA and return his remains to his family at George Bush Intercontinental Airport on Saturday, May 14 where he was saluted with water cannons. Williams will be transferred to Madisonville, Texas, where he will be buried tomorrow.