Arrangements set for soldier's return home

Cpl. Francis Rochon's sisters plan to escort his remains back to Superior on Wednesday.

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Francis "Sonny" Rochon

Army Cpl. Francis “Sonny” Rochon is expected to return to Superior on Wednesday, July 22, with an escort.

Rochon was missing for nearly 70 years after he was killed near Changyong, Korea, when his unit was overrun by the North Korean People’s Army on Sept. 1, 1950. His remains were recently identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency .

Marian Klein, Rochon’s sister, said his remains are expected to arrive at the airport in Minneapolis around 2:44 p.m. Wednesday. His family will meet there, where a ceremony is expected before his remains are escorted back to Superior. Members of the Minnesota Patriot Guard will escort him from Fort Snelling to Sandstone, Minnesota, where the Wisconsin Patriot Guard will escort him back to Superior via the Bong Bridge to Downs Funeral Home.

“Hopefully, we’ll be back in Superior by early evening.” Klein said.

The funeral will take place Saturday, July 25 starting with a visitation at 10 a.m. followed by the service at 11 a.m. at Downs Funeral Home.


“We are asking everyone who attends to wear a mask and be socially distant,” Klein said.

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