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Video: The life, service, and bones of Sgt. ‘Chano’ Garcia


Getting to know the soldier whose remains were escorted by Lansing’s Legion Riders

LANSING, Ill. (September 29, 2023) – “They never gave up,” says Rene Alamillo about the army and their search for POW Sgt. “Chano” Garcia, who was declared Missing In Action in 1950. Garcia served in the Korean War and died during a death march following his capture. His remains were finally identified after a family member donated a DNA sample in 2006.

After The Lansing Journal reported on the September 16 escort of Garcia’s remains, family members Rene and Norma Alamillo reached out with additional details about his life and service:


Real people

Meeting the family members, seeing the photos, reading the documents — those interactions remind us that Sgt. Chano Garcia and so many others were real people, ordinary people. They answered the call and gave their all, and our lives today are different because of what they did.

Thank you for your service, Army Sgt. Cresenciano “Chano” Garcia. And thank you for escorting him back to his family, Lansing Legion Riders.

Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.