PADUCAH, Ky -
The journey home for Army Pfc. William Carneal took seven decades. Carneal died in 1944 during what the Army called a counter attack by enemy forces during World War II. Last year, his remains were found south of Japan. He was 24 years-old.
On what would have been his 94th birthday, Carneal was buried in Paducah with full military honors. In a somber show of support, students from McNabb Elementary School stood to honor the purple heart recipient with the red, white and blue in hand.
Members of the Heath Middle School Choir sang 'America the Beautiful' as the hearse stopped in front of the former high school where Carneal graduated in 1939.
Despite the invitation to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Carneal's family decided to lay him to rest at Palestine Cemetery near his childhood home next to his sister.