Hero’s welcome for Korean War soldier, 66 years later

For decades, Corporal Jules Hauterman had been unaccounted-for

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The remains of an American hero who went unidentified for more than 65 years, was returned to Holyoke.

Lost but not forgotten. Corporal Jules Hauterman’s lasting legacy will be the obvious patriotism his arrival brought to Holyoke from across the state and the country.

It was a somber homecoming, 65 years in the making. Hundreds of people lined the streets of Holyoke amid a sea of red white and blue. A Holyoke Fire Department ladder truck unfurled and hung a giant American Flag that welcomed home Corporal. Jules Hauterman.

“All gave some and some gave all. Each one who returns home is close and dear to us and we will remain vigilant until all of them are accounted for,” said Gene Theroux, a past Commander of the American Legion Post 124.

Killed in Korean War, Holyoke soldier’s remains coming home

Photo of CPL Jules Hauterman. Credit: Mass. Department of Veterans’ Services.

Corporal. Jules Hauterman went missing in 1950 while fighting the Chinese in the Korean War. He was MIA until 1954 and his remains were not identified until just last year.

“I think its important that we all remember the sacrifices that our soldiers have made for us so that we can live here in our free country,” said Granby resident Penny MacPhail.

And remembered, he was. Met with tearful eyes and a heroes welcome from fellow service members and strangers. He flag draped remains were escorted by state and local police, as well as the Patriot Guard riders of Massachusetts.

The flag at the Barry Farrell Funeral Home flew at half staff. Corporal Hauterman will be laid to rest Thursday in St. Jerome’s Cemetery after a funeral Mass.

“They are doing the best they can to bring home everybody who has served and died during combat. They are still unearthing bodies right now. They will come home eventually. Time has no limit. We will get them home and put to rest,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. James Chartier.

Corporal Hauterman does not have many surviving family members. That’s why Holyoke’s Veteran’s Services Department asked people to line the streets from the I-391 off ramp to the funeral home on Northampton Street.