The Return of Lt. Ewart Sconiers

DeFuniak Springs, Fla. - A promise to the Nation was finally fulfilled. The remains of a U.S. Airman, recently accounted-for from World War II, is brought back to his family for burial. News 13's Peyton LoCicero tells how the town is honoring his sacrifice.

It's a day the Sconiers have waited for. Their beloved family member and hero, Lt. Ewart Sconiers will finally be laid to rest here in his hometown of DeFuniaks Springs.

"Oh my goodness, today is the culmination of...actually 74 years of longing for my family. For me personally, it's the end of an incredibly long journey," said Pamela Sconiers Whitelock, niece of Ewart Sconiers.

"He was a real hero. He'd been shot down once before and they were shot down a second time. Then they were captured. He was a prisoner of war for sometime, when he died a year or two later," said Mayor Bob Campbell, City of DeFuniak Springs.

Back in 1942, Lt. Ewart Sconiers was a member of the 414th Bombardment Squadron during World War II. After his death, his family's mission was to locate his body and bring him back home.

"His remains had been missing for a long time. They found them they brought them back here and today, we pay honor to this great soldier," shared George Gainer, Florida Senator(R).

Hundreds of locals, government officials, along with family and friends, lined the streets of DeFuniak Springs to welcome home the body of Lt. Ewart Sconiers.

"Senator Gainer and I thought it would be very appropriate if we were able to name a portion of Highway 90 in honor of Lt. Sconiers and his service and to our country," said Brad Drake, Florida Representative (R).

"So, it's a celebration, a relief. It's pretty overwhelming, in terms of the support of this community and everyone who made this possible," shared Whitelock.

On Saturday, the family will host a funeral in his honor.

Tomorrow's funeral service will be held at Southwide Baptist Church beginning at 11 a.m. For more information, visit

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