PFC Frank Jennings

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Family of Missing Soldier Speaks Out

By Empriss Campbell
By ecampbell@wbbjtv.com

Army Private First Class Frank Jennings went missing in 1951 during the Korean War. A set of skeletal remains were found 1986 in South Korea.

In 1998, the Army asked Jennings' sister for a sample of her DNA in order to help positively identify the remains. After 12 years the family got their answer last December.

Finally, 61 years after he went missing, the remains of PFC Jennings arrived Wednesday morning at Nashville International Airport. Emily Vise, Jennings older sister, said she is at peace now that she knows he's back home.

"I feel good to think he's back home and will be close to his mother," said Vise.

Jennings went missing several days after his 19th birthday in 1951.
Vise says their mother never got over him being gone.

"(It was) terrible. She like to not got over it. So, it was bad for her and me too but she took it awful," said Vise.

Jennings joined the Army in 1950 after his brother signed up to be a part of the Navy. Vise said when they were kids they always had fun.

"We just had a good time all the time. Then he went into the Army. So, I have missed him. And its been 60 years now before I could get him," said Vise.

Visitation services for PFC Jennings will be held at Reeds Chapel in Decaturville, Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Jennings will be laid to rest during a graveside military service at Jeanette Cemetery in Decatur County, Saturday at 2 p.m.