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Korean War veteran to arrive in McHenry Wednesday

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 3:16 p.m. CDT

McHENRY – After 63 years, Donna Mitchell is being reunited with her twin brother.

A procession carrying the remains of Cpl. Donald Victor MacLean is expected to arrive in McHenry between 1:30 and 2 p.m. Wednesday from O'Hare International Airport.

Accompanied by the Illinois Patriot Guard, Rolling Thunder, the U.S. Army, the McHenry County Sheriff's Office, Illinois State Police and McHenry police, the hearse carrying MacLean's remains will loop through McHenry, Route 31 to Route 120 to Green Street and back south to Justen Funeral Home, 3700 Charles J. Miller Road.

MacLean has spent the past 60 years buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, one of the approximately 800 unidentified servicemen killed during the Korean War buried there.

He was declared missing in action in December 1950, after fighting near the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea, according to a military report given to Mitchell detailing the identification of her brother.

The burial with full military honors will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday at Windridge Memorial Park Cemetery, 7014 S. Rawson Bridge Road, Cary.

– Emily K. Coleman

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