2011-10-27 / Local & State

Remains Of Airman Killed In Vietnam War Return

EMPORIUM, Pa. (AP) – The remains of a central Pennsylvania airman shot down over Laos during the Vietnam War in 1969 are being returned to his hometown after they passed through Pittsburgh International Airport.

Officials with the 911th Airlift Wing, Air Force Reserve Command stood at attention and saluted as the flagdraped coffin of Air Force Capt. Thomas Clark, of Emporium, arrived Thursday.

The Defense Department says Clark will be buried Saturday in his hometown after visitation Friday evening at Cameron County High School.

Clark was shot down while attacking an anti-aircraft battery on Feb. 8, 1969.

Local, state and county police will help escort Clark's remains at points between the airport and Emporium, about 120 miles away. His family says he will be buried with full military honors next to his parents.

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