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

Brig. Gen. (ret.) H.D. McCarty, a former 188th Fighter Wing chaplain, speaks to a group gathered to pay their respects 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. Four A-10C Thunderbolt II “Warthogs” with the Arkansas Air National Guard’s 188th Fighter Wing performed a missing man formation during a flyover to honor Meroney. (National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Hannah Landeros/188th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

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