CULLMAN, Ala. - There was an emotional homecoming Wednesday in Cullman, an event that was some 66 years in the making! The remains of Corporal Larry Martin Dunn were returned to his hometown amid a hero's welcome.
Cpl. Dunn arrived at Huntsville International where there was a brief ceremony before police, state troopers and dozens of Patriot Guard riders who would escort him back to his hometown of Cullman.
Dunn was just 17 years old when he enlisted in the Army. It wasn't long before his orders were cut, and his battalion sent to the war-ravaged nation of Korea. In early December, 1950, Dunn was captured by the North Koreans, and was never seen nor heard from again.
With escorts front and rear, the respectful would slow or stop as they passed. The motorcade made its way out 565 to I-65 for the short ride south. The riders continued past Cullman on the interstate so they could bring their native son back through town, so others could show their respect to the soldier and his family.
“This is just closure,” Dunn’s nephew, Ronald Dunn told us. He added, “And it's going to be so special Saturday when he's buried, his remains buried in the same graveyard his mom and dad are buried. What has touched me is the respect that we got on the, coming back to the funeral home. People standing on the road, saluting, putting their hand on their heart, and uh, there's still respect in this country."
Such a small thing really, a little respect for a young man who gave everything when his nation called. A small thing that means so much to a family who has grieved for a very long time. Welcome home Corporal, and thank you.
Cpl. Dunn's remains will lie in state at the Cullman Heritage Funeral Home and the public is invited to visit. His funeral, with full military honors, is scheduled for 11 o'clock Saturday morning at the funeral home.