Cathedral City's Terry Ryan and his younger sister, Deborah Cox, grew up without a lot of information about their father.
"Nothing was really ever said too much, just that he was killed in Korea. That's where he was at. They never found the body," Terry said.
Terry said he learned to let it go. If something is really yours, it'll come back to you anyway. His father, U.S. Army Master Sergeant Clifford L. Ryan, came back.
"The North Koreans were mining for gold, and running a bulldozer in a gravel bed, and they uncovered some sets of bones," Terry said.
In 2001, Terry received a phone call about his dad.
"I thought it was a scam until this lady got kind of indignant when I asked what it was going to cost. She said 'Nothing.' I said, 'What, are you the government?' She said, 'I am the War Department.'"
Just recently, through DNA testing, investigators positively identified the remains as Master Sergeant Ryan. So now, at age 65, Terry finally has his father back.
"He was a Master Sergeant in the Tank Division," Terry said. "He's been in the service for 12 years. He was in Germany in World War II. He fought in World War II. He came home from World War II, and was stationed in Fort Knox, Kentucky when he got the call to go to Korea."
As Terry and his wife look back at who his father was and what he accomplished, they've found a sense of peace.
"He's finally coming home, where he's going to be at rest in the U.S. again, not over there anymore. It's kind of a closure," Terry said.
Master Sergeant Ryan will be buried at the Riverside National Cemetery. That service is Saturday, September 8 at 10:00 a.m. His family, including his wife, Helen Sambdman, who re-married, will be there.
"It's been a journey for us. It's been interesting to see how much more our government was doing for us other than what we read and see," Terry's wife, Pat Ryan, said.
"And that old adage they have, 'No soldier forgotten, or left behind', is true," Terry said