Major Troy Gilbert's Family Receives Encouraging News

Published 02/27 2012 06:35PM

Updated 02/27 2012 07:00PM

The Wichita Falls parents trying desperately to bring their son's remains home from Iraq received promising news during Friday's meeting with department of defense officials. Major Troy Gilbert's family was told the pentagon has reconsidered the case ... and the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel office will actively search for his body. The family will also have an Air Force liaison who will communicate with them and give them updates. Major Gilbert went through pilot training at Sheppard Air Force Base. He died in November of 2006, when his F-16 jet crashed as he flew low to the ground, providing air support to troops who were being overrun with insurgents. Insurgents took Major Gilbert's body and released two propaganda videos ... the second one showing the body dug up from a grave, still wearing a flight suit. When American troops pulled out of Iraq, the family was initially told no one was searching for Major Gilbert ... because a small amount of identifying tissue had been recovered from the cockpit and buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Major Gilbert's family is calling this revelation an answered prayer.

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