POW Remains Return Home More Than 60 Years Later

SCOTT CO., Va. - "All my life I looked at the picture my grandmother had hanging on the wall," Sharon Henry describes the memory of her uncle, Corporal William Ray Sluss.

They never met him, but the memory of Sluss lives on in his family.

There were many questions about his time spent with the Army in Korea. "What in the world? Where is he and why hasn't he come back home? and you always have that hope," says niece Jewell Kilgore.

About six years ago Chris Powers, a nephew of Sluss, turned to the internet for answers. "They had some forms you could fill out for information. I typed in I?m the nephew of William Ray Sluss," Powers explained.

From that search the family got in contact with the right people and a DNA test positively identified the remains of Corporal Sluss. Now more than 60 years after his death, Corporal Sluss will be laid to rest in Weber City, Virginia.

"We needed closure. We needed to know what happened," adds Henry.

The remains were escorted home by Rolling Thunder and many came to pay their respects, including James Beaver from Abingdon, Virginia. Beaver was also a Prisoner of War at the same time in Korea and not far from Corporal Sluss.

"I know what he went through and I was fortunate to survive only by the mercies of God," Beaver says. Beaver and the relatives of Corporal Sluss met for the first time Thursday and shared stories.

It?s a bit of closure for the family of a fallen hero.

The public is invited to pay their respects on Saturday from 10-12 at the Gate City Funeral Home. A service will be held at noon in the chapel at the funeral home.

A burial will follow at Holston View Cemetery in Weber City, Virginia.

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