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Special person appears at visitation for Korean War veteran from Toledo

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Cpl. Harold Reed Cpl. Harold Reed
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Visitation was held Friday May 23 night for a 23-year-old veteran who died in 1950. A very special person in his life showed up.

Corporal Harold Reed was killed in action in North Korea. Newcomer funeral home in west Toledo is where friends, family, and veterans came to pay their final respects to Reed. He had been buried with several hundred unidentified Korean War veterans in Hawaii until DNA testing identified his remains. They have been returned to Toledo for burial next to his mother Mildred and sister Millicent.

Among those at the funeral home was Dorothy Sobczak. She was married to Reed for five years before he died. She was the only woman in Reed's life. Over the years she lost contact with Reed's family and had happily remarried in Toledo. It wasn't until she saw a news report this week she learned Reed had returned home.

"With Dorothy here now, the circle is complete. We're all together now. That means everything," said Bill Power, Reed's brother-in-law.    

The two met at a Toledo roller skating rink.

"There might have been another one but I beat her. I said it was either me or her. Better make up your mind," said Sobczak.

Sobczak says this is hard to believe, even eerie, but she recently had a vision about Reed.

"We have a big picture window and I was laying on the davenport watching the TV and there he stood," said Sobczak.

Veteran Jesse Pippin was moved when he heard the story of Cpl. Reed. He went to the funeral home to pay his respects.

"Harold was a marine. It's important that we represent each other and we show the family our respect," said Pippin.

Cpl. Reed will be laid to rest Saturday with full military honors at Ottawa Hills Memorial Park.

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