Airman’s remains found after 60 years

Photo Courtesy: CBS/WISH

Photo Courtesy: CBS/WISH

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (CBS/WISH) – It’s an amazing story of loss, discovery and at long last closure for one family in Indiana.

It’s a story 60 years in the making and it stretches from near Elwood, Indiana all the way to a cold, isolated glacier in Alaska. A scrap book of pictures contain the memories Paul Martin has of his older brother Howard Eugene Martin.

“I had his hat on,” Paul said, as he pointed to a picture in the book.

Howard was the oldest of the seven Martin kids, about two years older than Paul, born and raised near Tipton and Elwood Indiana.

“November the 22nd. It will be etched in my mind for the rest of my life,” said Paul.

That’s the day Howard died.

Howard, who joined the Air Force during the Korean War, was flying on a C-124 Globemaster, going from a base near Seattle, to one in Anchorage. The plane never made it, crashing in bad weather into an Alaskan glacier peak.

It was November 22, 1952. Fifty-two people died in the wreck.

Mike Williams, Howard’s brother-in-law, has been looking into the crash since 2008.

“A lock of hair is what’s come back. That’s it. And most of the other people’s got a bone fragment. Not very much,” he said.

But enough, to bring closure to 60 years of wondering.

For this family’s full story from WISH, click here.

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