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Thousands line route as two fallen Korean War veterans return

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Corporal William Aaron Newton Jr Corporal William Aaron Newton Jr

Two fallen soldiers returned home Tuesday, decades after serving in the Korean War.

Corporal William Aaron Newton Jr and Jerry P. Craig arrived at Bush Intercontinental Airport at 7:12 a.m. Tuesday.

Local law enforcement and the Patriot Guard Riders escorted the soldier's procession to Southeast Texas.

Last month, the Army honored Newton with a Purple Heart.  The medal was given to his daughter who was just days old when Corporal Newton was deployed in 1950.

He was killed in 1951.

All of Diana Bullock's life, she's never known if her father, Corporal Newton, survived being held captive, until recently when she received an unexpected phone call from the Army that her father had been identified through DNA testing.

Bullock told 12News her father caught pneumonia, was shot and then buried in a mass grave. Decades went by before he was positively identified in August.

Graveside service will be Friday, December 20 at 3 p.m. at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Sour Lake.

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