PEARL, Miss. (WJTV) – It’s a very typical gathering of family members who haven’t seen each other for a while, but the location was a little odd. The McCall family met in the conference room at the Bass Pro Shop in Pearl.
They learned details about a family member who’s been missing for 76 years and is now coming home.
Quentin McCall was killed in action at Tarawa Atoll in the Marshall Islands on November 23, 1943. For 75 years, his body was though to be unrecoverable. His remains were found this year.
The family’s meeting was with a liaison from the Marine Corps to help explain the process of finding and identifying him and getting him home. “It’s touching, and you don’t know whether to be happy or sad. If that makes sense,” said Quent McCall, nephew of Quentin.
Hattie Johnson, the Marine Corps Liaison, explained to the family how Quentin was found, why he wasn’t found sooner, and how they’ll get him back to Mississippi.
A young Marine gunner sergeant will accompany McCall’s body from Hawaii, where his remains were identified, back to Jackson. “It’s an honor to be able to bring one of my fellow brothers back,” said Gunner Sgt. Dunlap.
Members of the Mississippi Patriot Guard also attended the briefing. They will accompany McCall when he arrives at the airport, and over the course of the days, all the way to his burial.