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Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson presents the American flag to the next of kin during the full honors funeral ceremony for retired Col. Leo Thorsness at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Feb. 14, 2018. Thorsness received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the Vietnam War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank) Medal of Honor recipient, former POW laid to rest
As a Medal of Honor recipient and former Prisoner of War, retired Col. Leo Thorsness’s life mantra after returning home from the Vietnam War was “Faith, Family, Friends and Fun.” With the support of Air Force senior leaders, his wife, Gaylee, and daughter, Dawn, kept those words close as they said their final goodbye to Thorsness during his interment at Arlington National Cemetery Feb. 14, 2018.
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Maj. Troy Gilbert is carried by caisson during his final interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Dec. 19, 2016. Gilbert was killed Nov. 27, 2006, while flying a mission in direct support of coalition ground combat operations when his F-16C Fighting Falcon crashed approximately 20 miles northwest of Baghdad. This was the third interment for the Airman at Arlington since 2006, and reunited remains recovered this year with partial remains originally recovered in 2006 and 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jannelle McRae) The long journey home
Long rows of white marble headstones line the landscape of Arlington National Cemetery, each memorializing a fallen U.S. military member with a unique story of service to the nation. Nestled within Section 60 of the sprawling cemetery lies a marker for Air Force Maj. Troy Gilbert, an American Airman whose story and long journey home to his final resting place is an unusual one – and one which for nearly a decade lacked an ending since most of Gilbert’s remains had been missing and unrecovered somewhere in Iraq until this October.
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