Capt. Virgil Meroney III: A hero comes home to rest

A-10C Thunderbolt II “Warthogs” with the Arkansas Air National Guard’s 188th Fighter Wing perform a missing man formation during a flyover to honor Capt. Virgil Meroney III during a repatriation ceremony held in Fayetteville, Ark., June 9, 2012. Meroney was missing in action during the Vietnam War after being shot down in his F-4D Phantom II aircraft, which crashed while carrying out a nighttime strike mission in Kahammouan Province, Laos. Meroney’s remains were identified May 24 and were returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Col. Mark Anderson, 188th Fighter Wing commander; Lt. Col. Brian Burger, 188th Operations Group commander; Maj. Justin Lewis; and Capt. Mark Cox performed the flyover. (National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Hannah Landeros/188th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

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