Missing Vietnam Valley Veteran to be honored 50 years later

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MISSION – A military farewell is finally happening for a Rio Grande Valley Army veteran missing in action for 50 years. The remains of Private First Class Joel Corona were never recovered.

Corona went missing back in 1970. Army officials showed up to his mother's door with news her son wouldn't be coming home.

Life changed for the Coronas but a tangible, concrete spot to remember Pfc. Joel Corona in Mission brings a new chance for closure.

Everyone is invited to come help lay the war hero to rest. A memorial and final salute is scheduled for 11 a.m. March 12 at the Rio Grande Veterans Cemetery in Mission.

Another ceremony will be held at the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall which will be on display in Mission next week.

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