The widow of a Korean war veteran whose remains were found 63 years after he died has passed away.
Clara Gantt will be laid to rest on Saturday.READ MORE: Food Truck Crashes In Vernon; One Dead
Gantt’s husband, Sgt. First Class Joseph Gantt, was deployed to Korea as a field medic and taken prisoner on Dec. 1, 1950 while defending his unit’s position, according to the USO.
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A photo of her on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport receiving her husband’s flag-draped casket was featured in more than 100 major daily newspapers around the world. It’s been named one of the 60 most powerful photos ever taken that captures the human experience.
Mrs. Gantt said that was a day she long lived for.
“I was praying to the Lord,” she told CBS2/KCAL9, “to let me live to see the closure with my husband.”
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Mrs. Gantt was 97 years old when she died. She never remarried.