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Tennessee soldier's remains brought home after 70 years

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Honors are rendered as the remains of U.S. Army Pfc. Cecil Harris arrive at McGhee Tyson Airport Wednesday. His remains were met by his former wife Helen Cooke of Chattanooga and son William "Eddie" Harris. Photo by Michael Patrick/News Sentinel Honors are rendered as the remains of U.S. Army Pfc. Cecil Harris arrive at McGhee Tyson Airport Wednesday. His remains were met by his former wife Helen Cooke of Chattanooga and son William "Eddie" Harris. Photo by Michael Patrick/News Sentinel
William Edwin Harris is holding a photo of his father Cecil Edwin Harris at the airport waiting for the arrival of the remains of his father Cecil. Photo by Michael Patrick/News Sentinel William Edwin Harris is holding a photo of his father Cecil Edwin Harris at the airport waiting for the arrival of the remains of his father Cecil. Photo by Michael Patrick/News Sentinel
KNOXVILLE (News Sentinel) - The remains of a Tennessee soldier reported missing in action 70 years ago in World War II returned home Wednesday.

The remains of Pfc. Cecil Harris, of Shelbyville, Tenn., were brought to McGhee Tyson Airport shortly after 11 a.m. They were then taken to Chattanooga where a funeral service is scheduled for Friday and where his former wife, Helen Cooke, lives.

Among those on hand at the airport were Harris' son, William Edwin Harris of Mountain City, Tenn.. He carried a photograph of his father in uniform.

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"I think it's a great honor that all these people are coming out here to honor my father ... he deserves to be honored," William Harris said.

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