The family of Air Force Tech Sergeant Leonard Unger had to wait 60 years for their loved one to be laid to rest with full honors.
Thursday afternoon, the State Patrol and community members lined for up for blocks to pay their respects as the remains of Sergeant Leonard Unger returned back to the place he called home.
"He died on my fifth birthday," Leonard's son Raymond Unger said.
All these years later, he never thought his this day would come.
"Kind of shock and in awe, I couldn't believe it," he said. "I think it was very beautiful, a lot of people did a wonderful job of it,”
Leonard's sister Teresa Boland recalls the day her brother missing after his plane hit the side of a mountain in Alaska and slid down into a glacier 64 years ago.
"The news kept telling us that he could probably be preserved for life and that they would keep trying,” she said.
Boland said the searching went on for years with no success, until two years ago.
"They asked for my DNA and I sent them my DNA and that's it," she said. "Then, last week sometime we heard,"
For her, Thursday's tribute brings back fond memories she'll forever cherish.
"He'd take me out for a ride and get me an ice cream cone and that's what I have to remember about Leonard."
As for Raymond Unger, the return of his father means closure.
"I'll be burying him out next to my mother, his wife, so I think it will be good" .
Friday, the remains of a second serviceman, Navy Chief Store Keeper Herbert Hoard, will also arrive at Lambert.
He will be escorted to his hometown of De Soto. Hoard died during the attack at Pearl Harbor.