More than 65 years after his death, Korean War veteran buried in Boulder City
More than six decades after his death, a U.S. military veteran who served in the Korean War was finally buried in Boulder City.
The body of Army Private First Class Manuel Quintana was laid to rest Friday with full military honors at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial.
"He's home. He's in peace and now we can be in peace and just know where he is,” said Isabella McGruff, Quintana’s great niece.
Quintana died 67 years ago. That’s when he went to war and never came back.
For his family, his death was a painful mystery for decades.
“I'm really glad and happy that he's home in peace,” said Mary Moreno, Quintana’s sister.
Since 1950, Moreno has had to wonder what happened to her brother.
Quintana was just 19 when he left home to serve in the war.
He went missing during the first three days of fighting.
“There was a lot of hope that he's alive. He's just lost. But then when there's closure and he's going to be taken care of very well here. He's never going to be forgotten,” said McGruff.
It would take more than a half century before a DNA test linked the soldier to his sister.
“It’s been such a long time,” said Moreno.
But well worth the wait for a sister who never gave up, even though it seemed the country had.
“It means so much. I am so happy and peaceful,” said Moreno.