Closure: 94-Year-Old Widow Receives Remains Of Fallen Husband
Eyder Peralta on December 23rd, 2013
The sun had not yet risen when the United Airlines jetliner made its way into Los Angeles International Airport on Friday.
Clara Gantt, 94, had been waiting for this moment for six decades. Of course, for six decades, she expected that this would be a happy reunion. She expected that the love of her life would come bounding off an airplane after two wars and come back home, resuming the life they had planned for each other.
Talking to reporters at the airport, she said she had bought a house and gotten a gardener so her beloved Army Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Gantt could fish or do whatever he wanted to be happy.
“I always did love my husband,” she said. “We was two of a kind. We loved each other.”
But when the gates at the belly of the plane opened, they revealed a flag-draped coffin. Gantt died as a prisoner of war in 1951 during the Korean War.
On Friday, he was home at long last.
It wasn’t the happy ending that Clara wanted. But she was grateful for the closure.
“I am so happy that I was living to accept him,” Gantt said.
Still, as she approached the casket, she began to weep.
You can find more on Gantt’s story at NBC Los Angeles and The Los Angeles Times.
Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
This entry was posted in News from NPR
. Bookmark the permalink
Of his Republican colleagues at the state house, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard says, “Sometimes, they’re having trouble understanding the breadth and the depth of what’s happening here.”
For a decade, Venezuela sold oil at subsidized payment rates to 13 neighbors, including Cuba. But tumbling oil prices have hit Venezuela’s economy hard, forcing it to trim those subsidies.
The Bahia Emerald has been hotly contested for years. A judge in California has decided to continue with a trial about its ownership even though Brazil says it was illegally exported.
The measure could make it harder for states using made-to-order execution drugs to buy them. The American Pharmacists Association voted on the policy at its annual meeting.
Airstrikes intensified as Houthi rebels advanced on the port city of Aden. Aid agencies say one airstrike killed dozens at a refugee camp, while Yemeni officials blamed rebel shelling.