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Korean War Airman Buried After 62 Years

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PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL- It's been six decades since Korean War airman Thomas Lyons died tragically in a military accident.

But Friday he is finally getting a proper burial.

The remains of Lyons have been positively identified and returned to family members.

Lyons, along with 51 other service members, died when their C-124 Globemaster plane slammed into a glacier during an Alaskan blizzard in 1952.

Lyons who was just a teenager when he died, will be buried in Florida near the home of a surviving sister, with full military honors.

"She's just blown away, there's just a range of emotions, it brings back a lot of old memories, and there's a certain amount of sadness, but she's turn this, the homecoming, not the funeral... it's a homecoming, Tommy has finally come home, so it's really special," said Lyons nephew Bill Evans of his mother.

An Alaskan National Guard helicopter discovered the plane's wreckage two years ago.

So far the remains of 17 victims have been identified.

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