It was a hero’s homecoming ... On Friday, a Sterling man who gave his life on the same battlefield where his twin brother died was laid to rest, nearly 70 years after he saw his sibling for the last time. Army Cpl. John G. Krebs was buried next to his brother, George, at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling. John was a 19-year-old infantryman in Company L, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, Task Force Smith, when he died in battle in Chochiwon, South Korea, on July 11, 1950, 16 days into the conflict. George died in the same battle, reportedly after returning to the battlefield to find his brother. John couldn't be found after the battle and was listed as missing in action, and eventually declared dead in 1953. His remains were identified last year, and on Friday, the soldier returned home as people lined the streets, waving flags and saluting their hometown hero while a caravan of law enforcement officers, firefighters, and motorcycle riders escorted the funeral procession to the cemetery. On that fateful day in 1950, George made it his final mission to be reunited with his brother, and it’s been reported that his last words were “John's up there. I've got to get him.” It took nearly 70 years, but on Friday, that mission was finally accomplished.
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