The remains of Sgt. James Edward Martin, missing in action in the Korean War since 1950, will be returned to Anacoco on Nov. 16.

As reported in the Leader in September, Martin’s cousin, Leamon Martin, remembers the family being notified on Dec. 3, 1951 that James was missing in action. A search for him and other missing soldier ended in 1953. Martin’s remains were subsequently found but not identified until the DNA process developed to its current level.

Leamon Martin said of his cousin, "he was a tough guy. He didn't see no danger. He talked to my daddy and said times were getting rough over there, and then I didn't hear from him no more."

The soldier will be escorted through the state on U.S. 171 from Lake Charles to First Baptist Church of Anacoco, where a memorial service will be held Nov. 19.

Towns along the route plan to lower flags to half-staff as Martin’s escort passes.