Thursday, May 28, 2009
A day after a different soldier's remains were mistakenly escorted from Kansas City International Airport to a Kansas City, Kan., cemetery, the body of Pvt. Henry E. "Rickey" Marquez is finally home.
The remains of the soldier, who was killed in battle 64 years ago in Germany, arrived at the airport Thursday morning. they were taken to Highland Park Cemetery, where he will be buried Saturday.
A mix-up Wednesday led to the remains of the wrong soldier being sent to the cemetery in a grand procession that included Patriot Guard motorcycle riders, Fort Leavenworth soldiers and local police. John Marquez says that when the procession reached the cemetery, military officers realized his brother's remains were still in Hawaii.
Army officials would not say how the mix-up occurred.