It was a flight like every other, but as the packed Delta airplane Flight 629 prepared to touch down in Detroit, the captain made an announcement that immediately silenced everyone on board.
"We have the honor of bringing a fallen soldier home," said the captain. As soon as the plane touched down, an Honor Guard ceremony began for Private First Class Curtis J. Wells.
In the early 1950's, Private Wells was a 19-year-old soldier who was reported Missing In Action while serving in the Korean War. The captain explained that the Pentagon had recently confirmed his remains had been found in Korea and were being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
Ruth Malhotra was on the plan when the announcement was made. She says that she witnessed the incredible silence that fell over everyone as they completed the flight. When the plane touched down, a somber applause erupted from the passengers. Everyone strained to see the flag-draped casket of the fallen soldier as it was transferred from the aircraft.
"Curtis J. Wells made the ultimate sacrifice for our country in the Korean War," said the captain. "64 years later, he is coming home."