A burial service was held yesterday for Army Pvt. Cecil Harris, killed in 1945 while battling German forces in World War II. The funeral service and burial took place in Arlington National Cemetery, and an American hero who had been missing for almost seven decades was honored by a son who hadn’t seen him since he was an infant.
CBS News describes the fate that Harris suffered in the course of fighting for his nation:
Army Pfc. Cecil E. Harris’ platoon came under attack Jan. 2, 1945, in France near the German border during World War II.
Once the smoke cleared, his fellow soldiers noticed the 19-year-old from Shelbyville was missing.
Sixty-eight years later, in 2013, a French national located a possible grave marked by a rock with a crude “H” engraving.
When officials excavated the site, they found Harris’ dog tags.
Though he was just an infant when he last saw his father, Cecil’s son Eddie never stopped thinking about his dad. On Wednesday he was finally able to say hello and goodbye.
“I feel relieved that we got him back and buried with honors where he deserved,” Eddie told USA Today.
“I wondered for 70 years whatever happened to him,” he added.
Watch the touching Special Report from Fox News below …