After the veterans with “POW-MIA” inscribed on their black ties saluted the casket, after the chaplain talked of time and healing, a man in a dark suit slipped on reading glasses and rose from his pew. He walked to the stage of a Northern Virginia funeral home and pulled from his pocket the tribute he had written the night before.

“Seventy years ago, our uncle, he died for our country,” Richard Bean, voice quavering, read to a small crowd of about 75 people. “One year ago, an incredible journey came to know him as a hero.”

That uncle, also named Richard Bean, grew up in and around Manassas. In 1941, just months before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Army. He deployed the following year with the 105th Infantry Regiment, which was in the first wave of units sent into Pacific Theater combat. On July 7, 1944, while fighting on Saipan, Bean and his comrades faced the largest suicidal banzai attack of the war and, at 24, he was reported missing in action. Three years later, the military declared him dead. Posthumously, he was promoted to sergeant and awarded the Bronze Star.

Decades ago, his family gave up hope that his body would be recovered. But early last year, an organization searching for Japanese casualties discovered Bean’s remains in a mass grave where four other American soldiers have also been found.

The journey Richard spoke of ended Friday with Bean’s funeral in Manassas and his burial at Quantico National Cemetery.

For Richard, Bean had always meant something special. They never met, but Bean was the man for whom he was named, the uncle who went to war and, as his nephew heard over and over, never came home.

Haunted by missing details

As a boy, Richard knew his uncle through a single photograph.

It hung beside an organ on the den wall of his grandmother’s home in Haymarket. It showed a young man in a crisp uniform with his arms held behind his back and his stare directed off-camera. His jaw was square, his eyes confident.

Taped to the photo’s plain wooden frame was a Purple Heart.

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Many vets will never return. Including the 88 member crew of the USS Albacore. That submarine hit a mine off Hokaido, Japan on Nov 7, 1944.  Locals recorded the incident as they saw mattresses, food, ect. float to the surface. It was only after the war that AMericans  read local records, that they put the pieces together, and discovered what happened to that sub. May they RIP, having given their all.

I look at pictures of war hero's and veterans, to me they are all hero's ! Then I look at a picture of obama and I want to puke !!!

It is good that one of our 'Boys' has returned home.  Bean represents all of those who have been Missing especially the thousands from World War II.  I am reminded of the fierce Night Sea Battles around Guadalcanal's 'Iron Bottom Sound'  where almost two dozen American warships were sunk in action taking 'Blue Jackets', their officers, and not a small number of those 'Few Marines' to their watery graves. We have not, and will not forget them. 

      And now we also have to get back the ones the government left in Nam! They reniged on a deal to get our pow's back! To this day? I will never forgive that! Just add it to the rest of the crap Jareer Abeed has done! People,  when are you going to say enough! And take our country back! By ANY MEANS! If, and I do think this is the only thing that will work, we have to take up ARMS! Jareer Abeed's people are KILLING AMERICANS NOW! In our, no! Their own country! Everyday Americans are being killed! And muslims are gaining in power! But we are winning the keyboard war! Were damn good at that! WE SHOULD BE SO PROUD! 

‘It has to be my uncle’

The backhoe had just scraped away another few inches of dirt when Usan Kurata spotted a bone.

Kurata is the founder of Kuentai, a nonprofit group that for the past four years has searched Saipan for the remains of Japanese soldiers killed in the war. Tens of thousands of Americans who fought in World War II remain missing as well.

Kurata ordered the machine to stop, and a fellow researcher began to brush away the earth. They found a fork. Then, dog tags. Etched into a thin piece of rusted metal were Bean’s name, his mother’s name and his hometown of Manassas.

“I was just so shocked,” said Yukari Akatsuka, a member of Kuentai. “He was the first remains I’d ever seen.”

In September 2013, she and Kurata traveled 13 hours to Virginia in search of more clues. They went to Manassas City Hall, a visitor center and a museum before meeting Tish Como at the Bull Run Regional Library. Como scoured county records and tracked down Richard in Nokesville.

She left him a voice mail, and he called back the next day. Como told him what the Japanese researchers had found. He was stunned.

“It has to be my uncle,” he told her.

With photos of their findings, Kurata and Akatsuka returned to Virginia in November, nervous that Richard might be angry that their ancestors had killed his.

He wasn’t. For three hours, they talked, and sometimes cried, around his kitchen table.

The U.S. government later used dental records and DNA to confirm Bean’s identity.

My God grant them all rest.

All the brave young men and women that fought and, by the grace of God Almighty, returned home to their families and a grateful nation, those who have fought and returned home wounded and handicapped but still home to their families and nation that could not be more proud of them and those that have fought and given their all for our country, never to return home to a nation who grieves right along with their families who sacrificed all they had to give for this country deserve our thanks, our respect and our loyalty to and our unending and undying support of them.  Many of our men from all the wars are still out there in foreign lands and at the bottom of foreign seas but we as a nation will never forget them nor we ever stop looking for them to "bring them home".  Many will never reach our shores again but each every time I see Obama disrespect our US Military, Active Duty, Reserve or Veterans, I get livid and can't say what goes through my mind at that time, it is not publishable!!!!   The same goes to him and his wife for their disrespect of our Flag.  This is not their country and I really cannot wait to ship them out of here by any conveyance that is available and I really don't care what it is.  I'm sure ISIS would be happy to have them and I would be happy to send them to their front doorstep, especially since he supplied them and funded them and turned on them with US and allied bombs.  I'm sure they are very happy with him about now.  Of course, I'm sure, on the other hand, that he is making them as much aware as he can when and where those bombs are being dropped so that the casualties are limited.  Ted Lewis, you are correct, the time has come for America to do whatever necessary to rid our nation of the scum that rode in with Obama or embraced him as soon as he got here and take our nation back with the vengeance that our beloved Military has used to preserve, protect and defend this great (once) nation for so many years!!!!!!!!!!   

The USS Arizona Battleship is a grim reminder of those left behind, trapped in the hull of a dead ship the men had to endure a slow death knowing they were doomed. It is truly a blessing that Richard Bean was found and given the honors he earned and deserved.  God bless Usan Kurata, founder of Kuentai, the nonprofit group that,(for the past four years has searched Saipan for the remains of Japanese soldiers killed in the war), and Yukari Akatsuka a member of Kuentai. They very well could have scraped the remains aside and continued searching for Japanese Soldiers. Both are true humanitarians to endure the cost of finding Richard Bean's origins and remaining family. 

I too have an Uncle that was killed in Anzio with Patton's 3rd Army. His remains were not recovered and my Grandmother (a Cherokee Native) had to endure that her son and my Uncle, would never come home.

WOW.., NOT ENOUGH WORDS....CAN BE SAID.....!! ALL HERO'S......!!

Rest well, faithful servant. You earned it.  God Bless you and all who served faithfully.

This 'closure' is still awaiting, many Families, who may, someday, welcome their lost 'loved' ones home, for a 'long awaited' burial, in the Soil, they died defending!  Thank you, Fellow Vets. I salute you!  M.Sgt (USAF, Retired) (Military Capt. Reserves)  Philosopher, "One that came home, to welcome others, still waiting!"  2014

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(TeaParty.org)The Democrats have slandered and degraded the legacy of America’s combat veterans by hijacking this country’s moral values for the sake of their totally anti-American agenda.

In a letter penned by thirteen Democrat-affiliated national security officials and sent to the highest four Congressional leaders, they begged them to quickly pass the ‘Dream Act’ amnesty. At the end of that letter, the Democrats urged Congress to extend the military’s policy of “leave noone behind” to the 3.6 million illegal immigrants and 690,000 DACA beneficiaries in a demand for unconditional amnesty, Breitbart reports.

The original transcript of the letter:

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With every day that passes, these Dreamers are getting closer to the reality of deportation. We urge you to pass the Dream Act of 2017 as quickly as possible to provide permanent protection for Dreamers and relieve this deserving group of the uncertainty created by the President’s decision to rescind DACA. We should leave no man or women behind. Let that be our guiding principle.
The Democrats have finally revealed their true intent for the United States of America. The rhetoric weaponized in this letter reveals how liberals actually view illegal aliens – as foot soldiers meant to conquer American territory and overthrow the Constitution.

Immediately after this letter was made available to the public, the actual veterans of America’s wars threw up an outrage.

The phrase “Leave No One Behind” is one of the most important values of military culture, signifying the unwavering brotherhood of soldiers in the face of impossible odds, and their commitment to one another for victory even after death.

Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, has called this letter a moral hijacking of America’s values. “It is an insult to the people who have gone out there and earned their moral authority by doing something for the country … those people earned it by self-sacrifice and the illegal-aliens want amnesty for their self-interest… that does not entitle them to amnesty.”

A quick look at the Center for Immigration Studies’ findings on the Dreamers, however, shows that the reality of these people contradicts what the Democrats would have us believe about them:

73 percent of DACA recipients he surveyed live in a low-income household (defined as qualifying for free lunch in high school);
22 percent have earned a degree from a four-year college or university;
20 percent have dropped out of high school;*
20 percent have no education beyond high school and no plans to attend college;
59 percent obtained a new job with a DACA work permit, but only 45 percent increased their overall earnings; and
36 percent have a parent who holds a bachelor’s degree.

These sad statistics prove that the vast majority of these DACA “kids,” who are actually full-grown men in their 20s and 30s, are parasitic lowlifes who want nothing to do with our way of life or even our language. Nothing even remotely like the men and women in America’s Armed Forces who sacrifice their well-being and lives to keep other countries from taking over and occupying us.

But if the Democrats succeed, and Congress grants this barbarian horde the right to amnesty, then everything the true American veterans fought for will be lost – we will be de facto occupied by foreign invaders, and they will carve up our land and government for themselves, just like the Aztecs, Mongols, and Muslims of old.

The pure fact that liberals think they can compare the men and women who fought, killed, were wounded, and died to keep our nation and freedom safe … to hordes of foreigners who have done virtually nothing for our country, who will most likely squat on our territory and feed off of taxpayer-provided cradle-to-grave services, is such an outrageous and insulting comparison, any Democrat who utters such sentiment should be instantly punished for treason and have their positions revoked.

Immigrants – legal and illegal – overwhelmingly uses the Democrats’ social services and vote for them. No doubt in their minds that liberals see them as a constant flow of reinforcements in their battle against law-abiding, natural American citizens. They are the Democrats’ soldiers for dismantling Western values, Christianity, secularism, capitalism, and freedom. Without these foreigners pouring into the United States from third world, socialist hellholes, the Democrats would never have survived this long.

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