The remains of an Indiana soldier have been identified 70 years after his death in Korea

CLINTON, Indiana (WTWO-WAWV) – Occasionally, when you least expect it, something amazing happens.

Mary Kincaid Chauncey spent over 70 years wondering if her brother would ever be identified.
He was killed in combat in Korea. But thanks to DNA technology, Sgt. James Coleman comes home.

“For me it was like a miracle. It amazes me they never give up on the lost,โ€ Chauncey said.

As an older brother, Mary looked up to Jimmy and saw him as a hero…and he was
Especially when smoke began to fill their Clinton home.
Mary says Jimmy, who was a teenager, kept her safe in a playful way.

“He got on his hands and knees, he wanted to ride me on a horse. He said it wasn’t
Scared we’re just going on an adventure, so my hero,โ€ Mary said.

She also remembers Jimmy singing and playing guitar, including his special song for her.
That was you are my sunshine.

At the very end of World War II. Jimmy joined the army. Desiring to make the military his career, he was eventually ordered to serve in Korea. Mary says before he left, his musical skills caught the eye of famed Tennessee entertainer Ernie Ford.

Mary’s mother had health problems and doctors recommended a drier climate, so the family moved to Las Vegas. It was there when they got the news that Jimmy was missing in Korea.

Jimmy received bronze and silver stars for saving his squad’s life, including wearing one
wounded soldiers to safety as he had done to Mary years earlier. Mary says after Jimmy was killed in action, the unidentified Americans were eventually buried in an unidentified soldier’s grave in Hawaii.

A few years ago, Mary’s other brothers submitted their DNA for testing. Your brothers the
are now deceased, didn’t think a positive it would ever happen but it did.

“But you know, when the army called me and said they found him, it made a difference,” Mary said.

As for Mary, she was once a casino cocktail waitress. She later served on the Las Vegas City Council and District Commission, and she also took time to raise eight children and run a business. Over the years she has been inspired by Jimmy and her brothers.

“I think that’s why I ended up in politics because I thought I could help out like that,” Mary said.

Her patriotism and love for the country were evident from an early age. When she was 14, the pain of Jimmy’s death prompted her to write a poem about those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the nation.

The poem is titled “Sorrow of War”.

When you think of all the loved ones who died to set us free, wonder like the rest
them so far across the sea, feel about the deeds they have done that are never told, the deeds
They did it for hope and love, but rarely for gold.

I see my mother’s tears, my father’s grief so vividly and I say: Ruler over us all, why does that have to be?

To Him do I pray and to Him alone do I remind this prayer now, O gracious King so high above, guide and protect them all.โ€

In November, Jimmy Coleman’s remains were taken to Arlington National
Cemetery. Mary was there with many family members, including several who serve in the military. Mary said it was very emotional when her “hero” received full military honors from a grateful nation