Man learns fate of younger brother nearly 7 decades later

GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- A man who learned the fate of his brother after nearly seven decades is awaiting a sweet reunion.

For 67 painful years, Don Bullis, of Grand Blanc, said he held on to hope he'd see his brother, Milton, again.

Hope was all he had.

"You never lose that 'Is he going to come home' feeling," Bullis said.

WNEM reports Bullis said he and Milton were best friends. In 1948, Milton followed Don's footsteps and joined the Army. Shortly after, Milton fought in the Korean War.

"And that was the last time I saw him," Bullis said.

On December 1, 1950, Private First Class Milton Bullis was declared Missing in Action. A short time later, the Army declared Milton dead. He was just 20-years-old.

The location of the war hero's body was a mystery, until now.

"I just hoped it would be in my lifetime, and I got my wish. As bittersweet as it is," Bullis said.

A little more than 10 years ago, a joint recovery team entered North Korea and found the remains of U.S. soldiers.

Just recently, the Department of Defense matched DNA from Don to Milton's remains.

The Army contacted the family and Don's daughter broke the news.

"All she said was, 'It was him.' I've heard the word bittersweet, and I've heard the word bittersweet all my life, and never knew what it was until now," Bullis said.

It was a bittersweet moment Bullis has spent the majority of his life hoping he'd get, and a reunion he said he'll never let go.

"I'm taking some of his remains, ashes, with me. So, we're never going to be apart again. He'll be with me, as long as I live, with the urn," Bullis said.

Private First Class Milton Bullis was promoted to Corporal after his death.

On October 21, he will receive full military honors and find his final resting spot among thousands of other war heroes at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly.

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