The Homecoming of PFC Albert Gosnell
An historic event open to the public: September 24, 2pm in our chapel
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After nearly 73 years, the long-awaited homecoming of a local hero, Albert A. Gosnell, is set to take place on September 22, 2023. Mr. Gosnell, who tragically lost his life in action during the Korean War on July 16, 1950, will finally return to his hometown thanks to the relentless efforts of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Albert A. Gosnell's remains were recently identified by the DPAA, bringing closure to a chapter of local history that had remained open for decades. The arrival of his body at Greenville/Spartanburg Airport marks a poignant moment for the community, as they prepare to welcome one of their own back home.
The Cremation Society of South Carolina-Westville Funerals will be overseeing the proceedings upon Mr. Gosnell's arrival. A memorial service to honor his memory will be held on September 24, 2023, at 2:00 PM in the chapel of the Cremation Society of South Carolina-Westville Funerals and the public is encouraged to attend to honor the sacrifice of PFC, Albert Gosnell.
On September 29th, 2023 a deeply moving dual service, Albert Gosnell will not be the only one receiving recognition. His brother, Kenneth Bruce Gosnell, who had prepared to serve in Korea but did not deploy, will also be remembered. Bruce, who was four years younger than Albert, had embarked on his own journey of service but did not make it to the Korean War.
On the morning of September 29, 2023, Bruce Gosnell's ashes will be placed during a brief memorial with family and friends at 9:30 AM, followed by a graveside memorial service for Albert Gosnell at 10:30 AM at the M.J. "Dolly" Cooper Veterans Cemetery in Anderson, SC. This day will be a testament to the bravery and sacrifice of these two brothers who, in their own ways, demonstrated their dedication to their country.