It was an emotional homecoming Thursday at General Mitchell International Airport as the family finally welcomed home Cpl. Donald Baer, who returned to Wisconsin on an Honor Flight. The reunion was something loved one's never expected to witness.
"It's just amazing. Didn't think this was gonna happen," said Janet Baril, his sister.
Baer's other great-nephew Tech Sgt. Daniel Knautz traveled with the casket from Hawaii to Milwaukee.
"It's an honor to bring him home," Knautz said.
Knautz said he's humbled by this experience.
"I never lost faith. When I was about five-years-old I remember seeing a picture of him on the wall and I asked my grandmother who that was. She said it was her brother who was lost in the Korean battle and who knew that 26 years later I'd be bringing him home," Knautz said.
It was a day to remember for a family who never stopped looking.
"It's just a really good feeling knowing that he's home," Fix said.
There will be a service for Baer Saturday, Veterans Day at West Lawn Memorial Park in Racine at 1 p.m. Baer will be laid to rest between his father and older brother.