Update: Remains of soldier missing in action return home for Chilton County burial

Remains of Master Sergeant Olen Berry Williams arriving in Birmingham (

Update:The remains of Master Sergeant Olen Berry Williams returned to Birmingham Thursday morning.


It's a homecoming 63 years in the making. The remains of a Clanton soldier, who was considered to be Missing in Action for nearly six decades, will be given a burial in Chilton County June 9, after his remains were positively identified, according to family members Wednesday.

Master Sergeant Olen Berry Williams was killed during the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. He was declared Missing in Action Dec. 12, 1960, and his remains were buried in the National Military Cemetery in Hawaii. Williams was later declared Killed in Action Dec. 31, 1953.

Family members provided biographical information and DNA samples to the military, and Williams was positively identified in March.

Thursday, June 6, Williams' remains will be flown to the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. His family will hold a memorial service Sunday, June 9 at Martin Funeral Home in Clanton.

Williams will be buried next to family members at the Evergreen Cemetery in Verbena.