DOUGLAS — The remains of a local hero believed to have been killed in 1950 during the Korean War were returned to Douglas Friday where local veterans and residents were on hand to greet the procession with American flags and signs showing their appreciation.

Sgt. 1st Class Frank G. Vejar was one of nearly 5,000 Americans who were listed as missing in action and is believed to have been killed on Nov. 30, 1950, on the Korean Peninsula near the Chosin Reservoir.

No one knew that for sure until April 14, 2020, when the family was notified the remains of Vejar were officially identified.

Vejar’s remains arrived Friday morning at Tucson International Airport and the Fort Huachuca Select Honor Guard was on hand.

Douglas police officers and firefighters escorted a vehicle from Brown Page Mortuary back to Douglas where it passed under a large American flag under the fire department’s Ladder 1, stopping briefly in front of the American Legion before moving to the funeral home.

A celebration of Vejar’s life was scheduled for Tuesday but has been postponed.r