Sheppard Pilot To Lead Missing Man Formation In Funeral Service

Published 06/07 2012 04:04PM

Updated 06/07 2012 10:57PM

  Nearly 50 years after a pilot went missing in action in the Vietnam war --- he will finally be buried with full military honors. In June, 1966, Lt. Colonel Charles Walling was only 27 years old when he went to Vietnam as a volunteer replacement pilot. He left behind his wife, Judy who was six months pregnant with their second son, and a little boy who was almost 2 years old. Two months after saying goodbye to his family to serve in the war, Walling's F4C plane was shot down northeast of Saigon. Next week, a Sheppard pilot will lead the four- ship missing man formation, as part of Lt. Colonel Walling's funeral service at Arlington National Cemetery. Lt. Colonel Amy Young from the  80th Operations Group has worn a missing in action bracelet with Colonel Walling's name on it for the past 22 years. She requested to participate in the flying when she found out his remains had been discovered and returned to the United States. Colonel Walling's funeral is set for next Friday, June 15th.

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