Korean War soldier Army Cpl. Henry Lewis Helms to be laid to rest over 70 years later
RINGGOLD, Georgia (WDEF)- The remains of a Soldier killed during the Korean War are back home and will be laid to rest on Saturday.
Army Cpl. Henry Lewis Helms went missing in action back in December of 1950 in North Korea after his unit was attacked.
Almost 70 years later, Helms’ remains were one of 55 who was turned over by North Korea in July of 2018 after then President Trump met with Kim Jong Un.
Helms was accounted for in April of 2020 after his remains were identified using material evidence and DNA.
“I was sitting over there and I said oh Lord, it would be so good if Lewis was in one of them. Sure enough, he was and I didn’t feel like he was, you know what I’m saying, I didn’t have a feeling until they told me,” said Snyder.
Helms’ youngest sister Evelyn Snyder was only two years old and only has a few memories of her brother.
“He’s leaving and we are walking down by the side of the train for him to get on. The train whistle blew and it scared me so bad I started crying and got him around the neck and I wouldn’t let go. He kept pulling my arms because he had to go. That’s why the whistle blew I guess because he was fixing to pull out,” said Snyder.
Snyder says she had a tough battle with Covid and she said she wanted to get through it for her brother.
“But I think this is one of the reasons I’m still here,” said Snyder.
A flag in Ringgold will represent Helms and honor him for his sacrifice.
“I didn’t try to get one for Lewis because mother didn’t want to get one. She said she didn’t want a flag until Lewis came home,” said Snyder.
A memorial service for Helms will be held at Wilson Funeral Home in Ringgold on Saturday, May 22 at 2:00 p.m.
He will be buried at Anderson Memorial Gardens after.