Remains of Cpl. William Bonner, Soo Native Returned Home After 60 Years

After 60 years of waiting, the remains of a Korean War prisoner are home.

William Bonner was assigned as a medic 8th Calvary when his unit was attacked by Chinese forces in North Korea.  action 

Decades later, his remains were just identified.

Family says they are overjoyed to finally have him home, in Sault Saint Marie.

Beryl cardinal is William’s sister, and says it has been a painful journey. “He couldn’t find a job so he went into service…he was shipped over right away. Then they brought the news he was a prisoner. He was on the medic ore helping wounded soldiers off the battle field and they captured him. 

 The family from the Soo spent a lifetime wondering where William Bonner’s body laid to rest.

His family learned he died from malnutrition as a prisoner in North Korea– in a place known as Camp 5.

But this week, the remains of the war hero are finally home..it’s a touching day for many.

Sgt. Trey Yamashita volunteered to escort Bonner’s remains from Hawaii, to Atlanta, to Grand Rapids… and finally the Soo. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to being a war hero from the korean war back home so it’s a great privilege,” said Yamashita.

 
Bonner’s relatives never got the chance to meet him, but spent their whole lives hearing his story, wondering about him.
“When you think about what you read and read about his life in prison he was a hero…just proud of him and don’t even know him,” said Bonner’s niece, Darlene Cardinal.

And for Veteran’s of the Korean War, this story hits close to home. Carl Eagle is the Chaplin for tomorrow’s ceremony. “It’s always an honor to so a service for a veteran but this is really close to me he fought in Korea same place as me.. Being a veteran I could have been in his place vice versa,” said Eagle.

 Bonner’s funeral with full military honors is tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Clark Bailey Newhouse Funeral Home. He will finally rest at Riverside Cemetery.