BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - "I remember the last time we saw him when he was shipped off to Korea."
Reenie Hunter was only seven when she watched her cousin, Private First Class Roosevelt Clark, ship off to fight in the Korean War.
She will never forget the day he left, or the day his mother got the heart-wrenching news her son wasn't coming home.
Hunter said, "they mailed her a letter and told her that her son was 'missing in action'. I remember that day when she drove up in her front yard, she was just devastating."
Clark, an Arvin native and BHS student, dropped out of school at 18 to join the army and was declared MIA in 1950.
Thanks to recent DNA testing, Clark's remains were identified and flown to LAX earlier this week with full honors. His hearse was then escorted by the patriot guard back home to Hillcrest.
Friday's funeral is scheduled for 11am at The People's Missionary Baptist Church in Southeast Bakersfield located at 1451 Madison Street.
The public is invited to come pay their respects.