Ralph W. Carlson is home at last

Dear Editor:

We wish to express our sincere appreciation for all that has been done by so many people in so many ways to welcome Ralph W. Carlson home to Braham, 60 years after he died in a North Korean Prisoner of War camp.

The outpouring of support from friends, family, and the entire community, along with the Braham VFW Post #1731, the Cambridge American Legion Post #290, the Minnesota National Guard Honor Team, the Minnesota Patriot Guard Riders, local area Girl Scouts, and Freedom Flight, Inc. will never be forgotten.

We give special thanks to Pastor Rich Chronis, Braham Ev. Lutheran Church; Katy Tester, Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home; escorts SSG William Payne and PFC John Carlson Wescott; SFC Brice Horning, Casualty Assistance Officer; Jim Rostberg, Isanti County Veterans Service Director; Alver Lindberg and the Cemetery Committee for the beautiful caretaking of Rice Lake Cemetery; Evenna Lindberg, the B.E.L.C. Neighborhood Groups and the Braham VFW Auxiliary for the wonderful lunch.

We also gratefully recognize the invaluable work of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) Central Identification Laboratory, Hickam AFB, Hawaii, whose persistent efforts made Ralph’s return possible.  Our sincere thanks to Karen Johnson from the Army Casualty Past Conflict Repatriation Branch, who briefed the family on Ralph’s incredible 60 year journey home from Korea.

Ralph is finally resting next to his parents, Alvin and Hilda.  His family is at peace. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

Marvin L. Carlson and Family
Florence Shebetka and Family