Remains of Man Killed in Korean War Return to Traverse City

A hero’s welcome back to Northern Michigan.

After almost 70 years of Corporal Charles Lawler’s remains missing, they are now on their way back home.

Corporal Lawler was reported missing in action in November of 1950 after an attack.

It wasn’t until last month when North Korea agreed to turn over his remains to the U.S. when friends and family had confirmation he died overseas.

And his remains will be back in Traverse City Thursday.

He will be flown to Cherry Capital Airport and then his remains will be taken in a processional to Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City.

The Patriot Guard riders were asked by Corporal Lawler’s family to assist in his escort.

Traverse City police and Michigan state troopers are also assisting.

This marks a homecoming for Corporal Lawler who went missing at just 19 years old in Korea during the Korean War.

His funeral is this Saturday at 11 a.m. at Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City.

He will then be buried next to his mother, who never gave up hope he would return home.