Community celebrates as missing soldier’s remains return home after 68 years


From fighting in the Korean War to being buried in an unmarked British grave, the path home for Joe Elmore was anything but ordinary.  

It’s a sight his family has waiting nearly 70 years for. Private First Class Joe Elmore will soon be at rest, back home in Clinton County, Kentucky.  

His sister, Mary Bowlin, was with Elmore every step of the way Wednesday, as was News 2.  

“I know it’ll be good to put him where he needs to be,” Mary added. “With mom and dad, but I know he’s with them already anyway.” 

There would be one final pit-stop along the way home after the hearse carrying his remains had a blown tire along Interstate 40.  

The Tennessee Highway Patrol, and the motorcycle group, Rolling Thunder, assisted in changing the tire.  

Once the motorcade reached the Kentucky state line though, word traveled fast in Clinton County. 

Soon, 100 or so people filled the Albany Funeral Home parking lot, eager to pay their respects.  

“It’s a great day, we’ve never had a day like this in Clinton County,” said Larry Craig. “It’s just great to be a part of it.” 

For generations now, Elmore’s family has fought for answers.  

Now, he is back where he belongs, surrounded by family in rural Kentucky.  

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