Prisoner of war talks about S.A. soldier's final days

A San Antonio soldier, captured during the Korean War more than 60 years ago, was laid to rest at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery Tuesday.

SAN ANTONIO - A San Antonio soldier, captured during the Korean War more than 60 years ago, was laid to rest at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery Tuesday.

Corporal Frank Sandoval died as a prisoner of war in 1951.

His body was unidentified up until a few months ago.

Draped in old glory, Corporal Sandoval was welcomed to his final resting place by a crowd of loved ones, including his two sons who wanted to welcome their dad home 65 years after his death.

"We never thought we would see this day come, in reality, we never did," Frank Sandoval said.

"Very thankful that he's home, that he found his final resting place, that he's with his family," Alejandro Sandoval.

Families of other POWs attended the service.

But most noticeable was Oscar Cortez, a fellow soldier taken as a prisoner of war with Corporal Sandoval.

He described his last interaction with Corporal Sandoval.

"I walked over there and said hi, then he tells me, Cortez, I'm going to the hospital and I said oh no, Frank. Those were the only words I told him because he knew exactly what I meant because I knew and he knew whenever people go to the so-called hospital nobody came out alive," Cortez said.

Cortez said Sandoval never came back.

He never asked what was wrong, but knew everyone in the camp was miserable.

"The conditions were terrible, nothing to eat, no water," Cortez said.

Cortez was released in 1953 after the armistice was signed.

Now, decades later, his friend is free, too.

The Sandoval family had little information about their dad's final days alive.

They said they plan on spending some time with Mr. Cortez to find out more.

 

 

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