RICHMOND, Va (WRIC) – Almost 65 years after he went missing in war, Richmond soldier Army Cpl. Lindsey C. Lockett is coming back home. The Department of Defense recently notified his family, saying his remains had finally been identified.
“Being a soldier, and my father is a Marine, there’s great pride for us because he’s a fallen comrade but he’s also a father and a grandfather,” said Leonardo Lockett, the grandson.
Leonardo says he’s overwhelmed, as his family gets ready to bury his grandfather’s remains.
Cpl. Lockett was fighting in the Korean War in 1950 when he was captured by Chinese forces.
“From ‘51 to ‘54 he was pronounced MIA, then they found that he was captured, he was POW, and he died in captivity,” said Leonardo.
They believe the soldier died some time the spring of 1951.
Lockett went to war when he was 24 years old and left behind a young widow with an unborn son. Leonardo says his grandmother is still in disbelief.
“She knows now that it’s confirmed. But she feels like when he’s finally put in the ground he’ll have his final rest, that he’s home,” said Leonardo Lockett.
On April 11th, there will be a ceremony and burial for Lockett with full military honors.
Leonardo says it’s especially meaningful for him and his father, who have also served in the military.
“Through all this time, 65 years, the army never gave up on my grandfather. That just bestows upon what the military is all about,” he said.
It will be an emotional ceremony, but Leonardo says it will be a happy one as the family can finally say goodbye, and bring their soldier back home.
“He’s been gone for so long, we just want him to be here with us,” said Leonardo Lockett.
The ceremony for Lockett will be at 11 a.m. at New Deliverance Evangelistic Church. That’s at 1701 Turner Road in North Chesterfield.
The burial will be in the Forest Lawn Cemetery at 4000 Pilots Ln. in Richmond.