HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Funeral services for U.S. Army Corporal Jules Hauterman, a soldier killed in Korea more than 65 years ago, were held Friday morning.
The Holyoke native disappeared during the Korean War in 1950 when he was just 19 years-old. He’d been listed as Missing-In-Action until his remains were identified last year.
Hauterman was a medic with the Medical Platoon, 1st Batallion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. His unit was attached to the 31stRegimental Combat Team, which fought the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces on the east side of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. The 31stRCT was forced to withdraw to a nearby Marine base, but the Chinese destroyed their convoy, and many were killed or captured.
Friday, the Patriots Guard Riders proudly held the Red, White and Blue as the flag-draped remains of Cpl. Hauterman entered the Blessed Sacrament Church in Holyoke. Friday’s funeral Mass marked the final day of a long-awaited welcome home, that began Wednesday when his remains processed through the streets of Holyoke while hundreds of fellow veterans and strangers lined the curbs.
The funeral Mass was attended by Cpl. Hauterman’s last surviving family, first responders, political dignitaries and fellow Korean War Veterans like Gordon Snyder and his wife, Florence.
“These people who made the supreme sacrifice like this man did. He went through living hell, believe me. I was fortunate to come out of there unhurt. We owe a lot to people like him,” Gordon Snyder said.
After the mass, Cpl. Hauterman’s remains were brought to eternal rest at St. Jerome’s Cemetery.
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