"In a way I think he was trying to tell God that he wanted to come home. So, now he's coming home."
Once Jackson's remains were identified, the family was presented several medals earned by their late relative - including the Prisoner of War Medal and a Purple Heart.
The veteran's remains are now on their way back to Colorado, where he grew up.
He's set to be laid to rest with full military honors at a funeral open to the public.
"How do you want your uncle to be remembered?" the reporter asked.
"He looked like he was a happy guy. He made friends easily. He loved his family," Mueller said.
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