Family, friends gather to honor NC veteran on Memorial Day
Posted May 26
Updated May 27
Raleigh, N.C. — Family and friends gathered on Memorial Day to remember Lt. Col. Kincheon Hubert "Bert" Bailey, Jr., a North Carolina native, West Point graduate and decorated Korean War veteran.
Bailey, 92, died earlier this month at Transition LifeCare in Raleigh, but was laid to rest Monday in a ceremony with full military honors.
Bailey's children described their father as bigger than life.
"He was a fighter, he was a battlefield man," said Nancy Margaret Brodd, Bailey's daughter.
Bailey volunteered for the Korean War where he earned 10 air medals and received the Silver Star.
"He lived, ate and breathed the Army," said his son, Kin Bailey.
Col. Bailey earned his master's degree in electrical engineering at Penn State University and eventually joined the faculty at Wake Technical Community College where he taught for 25 years. While there, Bailey added another degree – a doctorate in education – and would be come head of his department.
"If there was something he wanted to do, he just did it," said Laura Jane Bailey, another daughter. "I mean he picked up and started playing the trombone, I think he was in his 70s."
Bailey leaves behind four daughters, a son, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
"I hung on my dad's coattails, and it was a wonderful ride," said Brodd.