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December 22, 2013

Widow waited a lifetime for soldier

Sergeant's remains returned 63 years after he went missing.

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She met her future husband in 1946 while on a train heading to California. Two years later, they were married.

She lives a few miles away from the airport in Inglewood. She bought the home in the 1960s to await her husband’s return and even hired a gardener because he hated yardwork, she told the Los Angeles Times.

One wall of her bedroom is covered with photos of military certificates and photos but Gantt said she hasn’t displayed his posthumously awarded Purple Heart and Bronze Star with Valor for fear they would be stolen; there have been many break-ins over the years in her neighborhood.

Over the years she worked as a caregiver for the disabled and children. But she never was tempted to marry.

“I am very, very proud of him. He was a wonderful husband, an understanding man,” she told reporters. “I always did love my husband, we was two of one kind, we loved each other. And that made our marriage complete.”

Joseph Gantt is to be buried with full military honors is scheduled for Dec. 28 in Inglewood, Calif. Gantt said she plans one day to be buried next to him.

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