Wife Cries After Husband’s Body Is Returned After 63 Years

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clara-ganttBy Dr. Sinclair Grey III

Army Sgt 1st Class Joseph Gantt told his wife to remarry, if he didn’t come back from war. A chilling statement for any husband to say to his wife during wartime. Upon his request, his wife, Clara told him no. Showing her love and devotion to him, Clara’s answer to her husband proved that he was her only one. How many people can say that in today’s world? Not too many. However, Clara knew something was different about her husband. She told a TV reporter, “I always did love my husband, we was two of one kind, we loved each other. And that made our marriage complete.”

Sgt. Gantt, a World War II and Korean War veteran was missing in action for 63 years. Because of this, he was presumed dead. That didn’t deter Clara from holding out hope that he would one day return home. She kept her word and never remarried. It was Friday morning at the Los Angeles International Airport that her husband’s flag-draped casket arrived home. As you can imagine, tears began to flow from Clara’s body.

Sgt. Gantt joined the U.S. Army in 1942 and served in the South Pacific during WWII. He later met his soon to be wife, Clara on a train from Texas to Los Angeles. They met in 1946 and married two years later. They didn’t have any children.

“In the Korean War, he was assigned as a field medic, Battery C, 503rd Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, when he was taken prisoner by North Korean forces in December 1950. He died in March 1951, it was learned later, but his remains were only recently returned to the U.S. and identified, said Bob Kurkjian, executive director of USO Greater Los Angeles Area.”

Clara, who held out hope that her husband would return, purchased a home. She hired a gardener so that her husband wouldn’t have to work hard. In fact, she said, ‘he could just go fishing and do whatever he wanted.’ Unfortunately, her husband could never be a part of that. [Note: Clara still lives in the house today and in her bedroom, she has a shrine of her husband’s awards.]

A chapter of Clara’s life is now closed. Her husband, Sgt. Gantt will be buried later this month.  A great man who fought for our county. And a great woman who kept her word and will always love and honor her husband.

Source: Los Angeles Times


Dr. Sinclair Grey III is an inspirational speaker, motivator, author, organizer and liberator of persons from all intellectual, social and cultural walks of life. He is a committed advocate for communal change. Email: Follow on Twitter @drsinclairgrey


  1. keke

    December 23, 2013 at 9:51 am

    This is a very inspiring love story. I pray I can be just as devoted to my husband when I get married. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Nolen

    December 23, 2013 at 10:09 am

    WoW what a story that is devotion bless her and now she kept her word that is love.

  3. Read and think!

    December 23, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Great story ! This is the type of respect, love and marriage that is missing in our Community.

  4. Hunter

    December 23, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    ” What about Black Males in the household”?

  5. Christopher

    December 23, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    A true story of love lasting through the ages. It is tough to cite any story of such love in recent history or even presently.
    There is a lot we could learn from our ancestors and elders.

  6. gloria

    December 23, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    my husband was a veteran and he died
    march of this year
    my prayers go out to her

  7. kim

    December 25, 2013 at 5:18 am

    Oh I cried cried cried when I read this story…What a great love story that just ended so tragically.I honor this lady and to Gloria above I am so very sorry for your lost.

  8. Caryn G.

    December 26, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Praise The Lord!!! What a Beautiful, Beautiful Heartfelt Incredible, committed Love story. sooooooooooo Refreshing to read a great story Now a days. I Love it!!! 🙂 May The Lord Rest his soul in peace.

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