Korean War veteran honored in Bozeman
U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Harold Haugland was buried Saturday at Sunset Hills Cemetery, more than 60 years after his death.
Haugland's family members and members of the American Legion were on hand to honor the Belgrade native in a military service. The Department of Defense announced in June Haugland's remains had been identified. His family received his remains Thursday at Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport. Margaret Blair, Haugland's sister-in-law, says the experience was surreal.
"I always wondered what happened to him, you know," Blair said. "I'm glad to see this now. It's closure. I see that he's given a place to rest now." The U.S. Army declared Haugland dead in 1953 after returning prisoners of war could not account for him. Scientists from the Department of Defense found the remains of five individuals in 2004, and it took 13 years to confirm that one of them was Haugland. "We wanted to do something to honor Harold, and what a day it has been," Laura Andersen, Haugland's niece, said. "We're so glad that he is back home again."