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A returnee looks through the window aboard a C-141 Starlifter aircraft. The aircraft is being used to evacuate prisoners of war to Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines

A view of the crowd welcoming recently released prisoners of war upon their arrival aboard a C-141 Starlifter aircraft en route from Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines

CAPT. Carl Chambers is welcomed to Clark Air Base upon his arrival aboard a C-141 Starlifter aircraft. CAPT. Chambers was recently released from a prisoner of war camp in Vietnam

Interior view of a C-141 Starlifter aircraft en route to Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines with recently released prisoners of war camp

SFC Carrol Flora and Cordine McMurray talk during the evacuation to Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines aboard a C-141 Starlifter aircraft after their recent release from a prisoner of war camp

Prisoners of war disembark a bus at Gia Lam Airport. The men will board a C-141 Starlifter aircraft for evacuation to Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines

Bernard Diehl, a German civilian, aboard a C-141 Starlifter aircraft after his recent release from a prisoner of war camp

CHIEF Warrant Officer 2 Roger Miller talks to his companions during the evacuation to Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines aboard a C-141 Starlifter aircraft. CW02 Miller has recently been released from a prisoner of war camp

A view of the crowd waiting to welcome recently released prisoners of war due to arrive aboard a C-141 Starlifter aircraft en route from Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines

LT. Wayne Gordermute is welcomed to Clark Air Base upon his arrival aboard a C-141 Starlifter aircraft. LT. Gordermute was recently released from a prisoner of war camp in Vietnam

A C-141 Starlifter aircraft departs Gia Lam Airport carrying recently released prisoners of war

A view of the crowd waiting to welcome recently released prisoners of war due to arrive aboard a C-141 Starlifter aircraft en route from Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines

A view of the crowd welcoming recently released prisoners of war upon their arrival aboard a C-141 Starlifter aircraft en route from Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines

TECH. SGT. James Cook, a recently released prisoner of war, waves from his stretcher as he is carried away from the C-141 Starlifter aircraft that was used to evacuate him from Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines

A view of the crowd waiting to welcome recently released prisoners of war due to arrive aboard a C-141 Starlifter aircraft en route from Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines

The C-141 Starlifter aircraft carrying recently released from a prisoner of war arrives at Travis Air Base

An interior view of a C-141 Starlifter aircraft being used for the evacuation of recently released U.S. prisoners of war

A view of the crowd welcoming recently released prisoners of war upon their arrival aboard a C-141 Starlifter aircraft en route from Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines

CAPT. Laurel Lingyel waves to the crowd gathered to welcome him to Clark Air Base upon his arrival aboard a C-141 Starlifter aircraft. CAPT. Lingyel was recently released from a prisoner of war camp in Vietnam

A view of the tail of a C-141 Starlifter aircraft from Military Airlift Command. The aircraft has just arrived at Gia Lam Airport to evacuate recently released prisoners of war to Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines

A C-141 Starlifter aircraft crew greets COL Jackolick, recently released prisoner of war. COL Jackolick will board the aircraft for evacuation to Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines

A view of the crowd welcoming recently released prisoners of war upon their arrival aboard a C-141 Starlifter aircraft en route from Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines

A C-141 Starlifter aircraft arrives at Gia Lam Airport to evacuate recently released prisoners of war to Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines

Former POW and U.S. Navy LCMDR Wendell Reed Alcorn shakes hands with BGEN William Dietrich, Vice Commander, 22nd Air Force upon his arrival on the C-141 Starlifter from Clark Air Base, Philippines. LCMDR Alcorn was captured by the North Vietnamese on 22 Dec 65 and was released in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

Returned POWs U.S. Navy CPT Jeremiah Andrew Denton (on left), (Captured 18 Jul 65) and Navy CPT James Alfred Mulligan, (Captured 20 Mar 66) along with 13th Air Force Commander, LGEN William G. Moore approach the microphones on the flight line for a farewell statement prior to board the C-141 Starlifter for the trip from Clark AB to sthe states. Both Denton and Mulligan were released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73 in Hanoi

Former POW and U.S. Army MAJ Albert E. Carlson waves to the crowd of well wishers upon his arrival on the C-141 Starlifter from Clark Air Base, Philippines. MAJ Carlson was captured by the Viet Cong on 7 Apr 72 and was released at Loc Ninh on 12 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S.Air Force COL Ronald E. Byrne Jr. (Captured 29 Aug 65) walks down the ramp of the C-141 Starlifter to be greeted by GEN Robbins, HQ Military Airlift Command. COL Byrne was released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

On board a Military Airlift Command's Starlifter, former Prisoner of War, U.S. Navy CPT Jeremiah Andrew Denton (on right), (Captured 18 Jul 65) and Navy CPT James Alfred Mulligan, (Captured 20 Mar 66) talk. CPT Denton was in the first group and CPT Mulligan was in the third group released by the North Vietnamese on Feb 12, 1973 in Hanoi

Returned POWs U.S. Navy CPT Jeremiah Andrew Denton (on left), (Captured 18 Jul 65) and Navy CPT James Alfred Mulligan, (Captured 20 Mar 66) as they board the C-141 Starlifter for the trip from Clark AB to sthe states. Both Denton and Mulligan were released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73 in Hanoi

As MGEN Daniel "Chappie" James looks on, former POW and U.S. Air Force 1ST LT William Youl Arcorui (Captured 22 Dec 72) greets his wife after his arrival on the C-141 Starlifter from Clark Air Base. LT Arcorui was in the first group of POWs released by the North Vietnamese government in Hanoi

A returned POW steps off the bus and salutes the flag before boarding the waiting C-141 Starlifter for the flight to the states. Returned POWs from Hanoi and Loc Ninh were flown to Clark for medical checkups prior to returning home

Former POW and U.S. Army SGT Kenneth Wallingford (Captured 7 Apr 72) waves to the crowd of well wishers upon his arrival on the C-141 Starlifter from Clark Air Base, Philippines. In the background MGEN Daniel "Chappie" James await the next returnee to deplane. SGT Wallingford was in the first group of POWs captured in South Vietnam, and released on 12 Feb 73 by the Viet Cong at Loc Ninh, South Vietnam

On board a Military Airlift Command's Starlifter, former Prisoners of War, U.S. Navy LT CMDR Edward Anthony Davis, (Captured 26 Aug 65) and LT CMDR Larry Howard Spencer, (Captured 18 Feb 66) after departing Clark Air Base, Philippines. LT CMDR Davis holds the puppy, MACO, that was given to him, by a North Vietnamese guard, prior to his release in the second group on February 12, 1973. LT CMRD Spencer was released with the third group of POWs from Hanoi on February 12, 1973

Former POW and U.S. Air Force COL Ronald Edweard Byrne Jr. talks to press and well wishes at microphones prior to boarding the C-141 Starlifter for the flight to sthe states. Behind COL Byrne is LGEN William G. Moore, Commander 13th Air Force. COL Byrne was captured on 29 Aug 65 and was released in Hanoi by the North Vietnamese on 12 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S. Air Force TSGT James R. Cook salutes the colors from his stretcher as he is carried from the C-141 aircraft. TSGT Cook was captured on 21 Dec 72 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi 12 Feb 73

Former POWs line up to board the C-141 Starlifter transport for a flight to a base near their homes. They are given best wishes by (Left to Right) BGEN William Deitrich, Vice Commander, 22nd Air Force, BGEN Ralph Saunders and Commander 22nd Air Force, MGEN John Gonge

Former POW and U.S. Navy CMDR Raymond Arthur Vohden (Captured 3 Apr 65), on crutches, salutes MGEN John Gonge, 22nd Air Force Commander and MGEN Daniel "Chappie" James, upon his arrival on the C-141 Starlifter from Clark Air Base, Philippines. CMDR Vohden was in the first group of POWs released on 12 Feb 73 by the North Vietnamese government in Hanoi

Former POW and U.S. Army SSG Bobby Louis Johnson (Captured 25 Aug 68), is greeted by MGEN John Gonge, 22nd Air Force Commander and BGEN William Deitrich, Vice Commander, 22nd AF upon his arrival on the C-141 Starlifter from Clark Air Base, Philippines. SSG Johnson was in the group of POWs captured in South Vietnam and released on 12 Feb 73 by the Viet Cong at Loc Ninh, South Vietnam

Former POW and U.S. Navy CPT James Bond Stockdale (Captured 9 Sep 65) at the microphones, talks to the crowd of well wishers upon his arrival on the C-141 Starlifter from Clark Air Base, Philippines. CPT Stockdale was in the first group of POWs released on 12 Feb 73 by the North Vietnamese government in Hanoi

Former POW and U.S. Air Force LCOL Lewis Wiley Shattuck (Captured 11 Jul 66) salutes the American Flag upon his arrival on the C-141 Starlifter from Clark Air Base, Philippines. In the background MGEN John Gonge, 22nd Air Force Commander and MGEN Daniel "Chappie" James await the next returnee to deplane. LCOL Shattuck was in the first group of POWs released on 12 Feb 73 by the North Vietnamese government in Hanoi

Former POW and U.S.Navy CMDR James Glenn Pirie walks away from the C-141 Starlifter, that transported him and fellow POWs from Clark AB, Philippines, with MGEN John Gonge, 22nd Air Force Commander, BGEN William Deitrich, Vice Commander, 22nd AF in the background. CMDR Pirie was captured on 22 Jun 67 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 18 Feb 73

Ex-POW and unidentified U.S. Navy LT waves to the crowd of well wishers prior to boarding the C-141 Starlifter for the flight to the United States. Standing to the right is 13th Air Force Commander, LGEN William G. Moore Jr., COL John W. Ord, Commander, Clark Hospital and COL Raymond G. Lawry, Deputy Site Commander, Joint Homecoming Reception Center

Ex-POW and unidentified U.S. Air Force LCOL waves to the crowd of well wishers prior to boarding the C-141 Starlifter for the flight to the United States. Standing to the right is 13th Air Force Commander, LGEN William G. Moore Jr., COL John W. Ord, Commander, Clark Hospital and COL Raymond G. Lawry, Deputy Site Commander, Joint Homecoming Reception Center

Former POW and U.S. Navy CPT Jeremiah Andrew Denton (Captured 18 Jul 65) stands at the microphones and talks to the crowd of well wishers and press upon his arrival on the C-141 Starlifter from Clark Air Base, Philippines. In the background MGEN John Gonge, 22nd Air Force Commander and MGEN Daniel "Chappie" James look on. CPT Denton was in the first group of POWs released on 12 Feb 73 by the North Vietnamese government in Hanoi

Former POW and U.S. Air Force LCOL George Robert Hall salutes and is welcomed to the states by MGEN John Gonge, 22nd Air Force Commander and BGEN Ralph Saunders upon his arrival on the C-141 Starlifter. LCOL Hall was captured by the North Vietnamese on 27 Sep 65 and was released in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S. Air Force TSGT Arthur Neil Black (Captured 20 Sep 65) waves to the crowd of well wishers upon his arrival on the C-141 Starlifter from Clark Air Base, Philippines. TSGT Black was in the first group of POWs released on 12 Feb 73 by the North Vietnamese government in Hanoi

Former POW and U.S. Navy CMDR James G. Pirie answer questions from the press after arriving, via C-141 Starlifter, with fellow POWs from Clark AB, Philippines. CMDR Pirie was captured on 22 Jun 67 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 18 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S. Air Force COL Robinson Risner, at the microphone, waves and thanks the crowd and press prior to boarding the waiting C-141 Starlifter for the flight to the states. Standing behind COL Risner is LGEN William G. Moore, Commander 13th Air Force. COL Risner was captured on 16 Sep 65 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S. Air Force COL Albert Edward Runyan walks from the C-141 Starlifter to the waiting microphones. COL Runyan was captured on 29 Apr 66 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi 12 Feb 73

A returned POW steps off the bus and waves to the crowd as he walks to the waiting C-141 Starlifter for the flight to the states. Returned POWs from Hanoi and Loc Ninh were flown to Clark for medical checkups prior to returning home

Former POW and U.S. Air Force CPT James Richard Shively answer questions from the press after arriving, via C-141 Starlifter, with fellow POWs from Clark AB, Philippines. CPT Shively was captured on 5 May 67 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 18 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S. Navy LCMDR Bradley Edsel Smith waves to the crowd of well wishers upon his arrival on the C-141 Starlifter from Clark Air Base, Philippines. LCMDR Smith was captured by the North Vietnamese on 25 Mar 66 and was released in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S. Air Force MAJ James Robert Berger walks away from the C-141 Starlifter, that transported him and fellow POWs from Clark AB, Philippines. MAJ Berger was captured on 2 Dec 66 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 18 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S. Air Force COL Robinson Risner, at the microphone, thanks the crowd and press prior to boarding the waiting C-141 Starlifter for the flight to the states. Standing behind COL Risner is LGEN William G. Moore, Commander 13th Air Force. COL Risner was captured on 16 Sep 65 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

A line of returned POWs from Viet Cong and North Vietnamese prisons walk from buses to the waiting C-141 Starlifter for the trip to the states. After their release they were flown to Clark AB hospital for medical checkups

Former POW and U.S. Air Force MSGT William Andrew Robinson (Captured 20 Sep 65) salutes the colors upon his arrival on the C-141 Starlifter from Clark Air Base, Philippines. MSGT Robinson was in the first group of POWs released on 12 Feb 73 by the North Vietnamese government in Hanoi

Former POW and U.S. Navy CPT Harry Tarleton Jenkins Jr. salutes the colors as he walks, accompanied by an unidentified Naval officer, from the C-141 Starlifter to the waiting microphones. CPT Jenkins was captured on 13 Nov 65 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi 12 Feb 73

U.S. Marine MAJ Hansen, a Public Affairs Officer describes the flight to Travis, at the microphone after the arrival of the C-141 Starlifter carrying ex-POWs from Clark Air Base, Philippines

Former POW and U.S. Air Force MAJ Richard Eugene Bolstad (Captured 6 Nov 65) is greeted on his arrival, via C-141 Starlifter, by GEN Paul Carlton, Commander, Military Airlift Command. LCOL Daniel James Doughty (Captured 2 Apr 67) at the microphones talks to the people who cames out to greet the returning former POWs on their nighttime arrival at Scott. MAJ Bolstad and LCOL Doughty were released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S. Air Force MAJ Hubert Kelly Flesher kisses his wife at the ramp of the C-141 Starlifter, that transported him and fellow POWs from Clark AB, Philippines. MGEN John Gonge, 22nd Air Force Commander, 22nd AF looks on. MAJ Flesher was captured on 2 Dec 66 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 18 Feb 73

A recently released U.S. Navy Prisoner of War, one of the first group to be released by Hanoi, gives the "Peace sign" as he deplanes from a C-141 Starlifter during a refueling stop. The POWs were enroute from Clark Air Base, Philippines to Travis Air Force Base, CA and then to be reunited with their families in the states

On board a Military Airlift Command's Starlifter, former Prisoners of War, U.S. Navy LT CMDR Edward Anthony Davis, (Captured 26 Aug 65) and his puppy, MACO, catch some well deserved rest after departing Clark Air Base, Philippines. The puppy was given to him by a North Vietnamese guard prior to his release in the second group of POWs from Hanoi on February 12, 1973

View from inside the C-141 as two Ex-POWs are greeted upon arriving, after the flight from Hanoi, North Vietnam, by (Left to Right) LGEN William G. Moore Jr., Commander 13th Air Force and Admiral Noel Gaylor, Commander Pacific Command

In the foreground, U.S. Air Force LT COL Alan Leslie Brunstrom, (Captured 22 Apr 66) former Prisoners of War, is welcomed home by his wife and child. At the C-141 exit ramp, U.S. Air Force CPT Terry M. Geloneck, (Captured 22 Dec 72) is greeted by MGEN John Gonge, 22nd Air Force Commander and MGEN Daniel "Chappie" James. LT COL Brunstron and Gelonick were released in Hanoi by the North Vietnamese on February 12, 1973 and then flown to Clark Air Base, Philippines for a medical check-up and then to Travis

U.S. Air Force LT COL Alan Leslie Brunstrom, (Captured 22 Apr 66) former Prisoners of War, is greeted by MGEN John Gonge, 22nd Air Force Commander and MGEN Daniel "Chappie" James as he exits the C-141 Starlifter. LT COL Brunstron was released in Hanoi by the North Vietnamese on February 12, 1973 and then flown to Clark Air Base, Philippines for a medical check-up and then to Travis

U.S. Navy CPT Wendell Burke Rivers, (Captured 10 Sep 65) former Prisoners of War, walks away after being greeted by MGEN Daniel "Chappie" James. MGEN Gonge and MGEN James prepare to greet former POW, U.S. Air Force LT COL Alan Leslie Brunstrom, (Captured 22 Apr 66) as he exits the C-141 Starlifter. CPT Rivers and LT COL Brunstron were released in Hanoi by the North Vietnamese on February 12, 1973 and then flown to Clark Air Base, Philippines for a medical check-up and then to Travis

U.S. Navy CPT Jerimiah Andrew Denton, (Captured 18 Jul 65) the first of the released Prisoners of War, walks down the C-141 ramp and is greeted by MGEN John Gonge, 22nd Air Force Commander and MGEN Daniel "Chappie" James. CPT Denton was released in Hanoi by the North Vietnamese on February 12, 1973 and then flown to Clark Air Base, Philippines for a medical check-up and then to Travis

U.S. Navy CPT Jerimiah Andrew Denton, (Captured 18 Jul 65) the first of the released Prisoners of War, talks in microphones to the waiting crowd and press after deplaning from the C-141 Starlifter. CPT Denton was released in Hanoi by the North Vietnamese on February 12, 1973 and then flown to Clark Air Base, Philippines for a medical check-up and then to Travis

At Gia Lan Airport, surrounded by North Vietnamese and American officials, the press and public, an unidentified, just released ex-POW walks with his escort to the waiting C-141 transport for the trip to Clark Air Base

Former POW and U.S. Navy CPT Jeremiah Andrew Denton (Captured 18 Jul 65) stands at the microphones and talks to the crowd of well wishers and press upon his arrival on the C-141 Starlifter from Clark Air Base, Philippines. CPT Denton was in the first group of POWs released by the North Vietnamese government in Hanoi

Ex-POW and U.S.Navy CMDR James Glenn Pirie (Captured 22 Jun 67), at the flight line microphone, thanks the crowd of well wishers and press before departing for the United States on the C-141 Starlifter in the background. 13th Air Force Commander, LGEN William G. Moore Jr., stands in background near the ambulance bus that brought the ex-POWs to the flight line. CMDR Pirie was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 18 Feb 73

In front of the Honor Guard, ex-POW and U.S.Navy CMDR Frederick Raymond Purrington (Captured 20 Oct 66), salutes the press and well wishers prior to boarding the C-141 Starlifter that will transport him to the United States. LCMDR Purrington released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 18 Feb 73

U.S. Air Force ex-POWs, CPT Edward J. Mechenbier, (Captured 14 Jun 67) and CPT Kevin J. McManus (Captured 14 Jun 67) salute the Honor Guard colors on the flight line prior to boarding the C-141 Starlifter for the flight to the United States. Both men were released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 18 Feb 73

Ex-POW and U.S.Navy CMDR James Glenn Pirie (Captured 22 Jun 67), at the flight line microphone, thanks the crowd of well wishers and press before departing for the United States on the C-141 Starlifter in the background. 13th Air Force Commander, LGEN William G. Moore Jr., stands in background near the ambulance bus that brought the ex-POWs to the flight line. CMDR Pirie was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 18 Feb 73

Ex-POW and U.S. Air Force MAJ Jay R. Jensen (Captured 18 Feb 67) salutes the Honor Guard colors after arriving on the bus, in the background, and prior to boarding a C-141 Starlifter for the flight to the United States. MAJ Jensen was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 18 Feb 73

Ex-POW and U.S.Navy CMDR Frederick Raymond Purrington (Captured 20 Oct 66), shakes hands with LGEN William G. Moore Jr., prior to boarding the C-141 Starlifter that will transport him to the United States. COL John W. Ord, Commander, Clark Hospital and COL Raymond G. Lawry, Deputy Site Commander, Joint Homecoming Receptin Center are to the left. LCMDR Purrington released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 18 Feb 73

Ex-POW and U.S. Navy LCMDR Danny Elloy Glenn (Captured 21 Dec 66) shakes hands with a group of well wishers and friends who came to say goodbye as he leaves for United States. He is leaving for the United States on the C-141 Starlifter in the background. LCMDR Glenn was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

Ex-POW and U.S. Navy LCMDR Edward H. Martin (Captured 19 Jul 67) shakes hands with LGEN William G. Moore Jr., Commander 13th Air Force, prior to boarding the C-141 Starlifter for the flight to the United States. CMRD Martin was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

Ex-POW, U.S. Navy CMDR Edward H. Martin (Captured 19 Jul 67) shakes hands with COL John W. Ord, Commander, Clark Hospital prior to boarding the C-141 Starlifter for the flight to the United States. CMRD Martin was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

Ex-POW, U.S. Navy CMDR Charles E. Southwick (Captured 14 May 67) gets a kiss from a young girl as he prepares to board the C-141 Starlifter for the flight to the United States. CMRD Southwick was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

Ex-POW, U.S. Navy LCMDR Richard D. Mullins (Captured 6 Jan 67), shakes hands with 13th Air Force Commander LGEN William G. Moore Jr. prior to boarding the C-141 Starlifter for the flight to the United States. CMRD Mullins was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

A combat control team, in the drop zone, keeps in radio contact with C-141 Starlifter aircraft as troopers parachute from the aircraft during exercise Jack Frost '76

A C-141 Starlifter aircraft is de-iced and refueled during exercise Jack Frost '76. The aircraft is assigned to the 314th Tactical Airlift Wing

Thomas Bowidewics, a Navy electronics technician, exits a C-141 Starlifter aircraft as Army and Navy representatives stand by to greet him upon his return from captivity. Bowiedwics was kidnapped by Eritrean rebels in Ethiopia

Thomas Bowidewics, a Navy electronics technician, and David Strickland, US Army, are greeted by Army and Navy representatives as they exit a C-141 Starlifter aircraft upon their return from captivity. The two men were kidnapped by Eritrean rebels in Ethiopia

The burning crash site of a C-141 from the 702nd Airlift Squadron, McGuire AFB. 18 crew members and passengers perished. PHOTO recently obtained by an unknown English source

AIRCRAFT - C-5 GALAXY - C-130H HERCULES - YC-141B STRETCHED STARLIFTER

AIRCRAFT - C-5 GALAXY - C-130H HERCULES - YC-141B STRETCHED STARLIFTER

AIRCRAFT - C-5 GALAXY - C-130H HERCULES - YC-141B STRETCHED STARLIFTER

An Air Force honor guard stands at attention while pallbearers carry the casket of an MIA away from a C-141 Starlifter aircraft. The C-141 transported the remains of POW's and MIA's from North Vietnam

An Air Force honor guard stands at attention while pallbearers carry the casket of an MIA away from a C-141 Starlifter aircraft. The C-141 transported the remains of POW's and MIA's from North Vietnam

An Air Force honor guard stands at attention while the casket of an MIA from North Vietnam is removed from a C-141 Starlifter aircraft

An Air Force honor guard waits for the arrival of a C-141 Starlifter aircraft carrying the remains of POW's and MIA's from North Vietnam

An Air Force honor guard pallbearers carrying the casket of an MIA away from a C-141 Starlifter aircraft are framed by a saluting arm. The C-141 transported the remains of POW's and MIA's from North Vietnam

An Air Force honor guard stands at attention while the casket of an MIA from North Vietnam is removed from a C-141 Starlifter aircraft

An Air Force honor guard salutes the flags as they are paraded alongside a C-141 Starlifter that transported the remains of POW's and MIA's from North Vietnam

An Army color guard marches out to meet a C-141 Starlifter aircraft carrying the caskets of three U.S. Army soldiers who were killed in a helicopter crash in Korea on July 14, 1977

An Army color guard stands at attention as pallbearers carry the caskets of a U.S. Army soldier away from a C-141 Starlifter aircraft. The C-141 returned the bodies of three soldiers who were killed in a helicopter crash in Korea on July 14, 1977

Caskets of the bodies of Rep. Leo J. Ryan and members of his party in the cargo area of a C-141 Starlifter aircraft. They were killed in Guyana by followers of Rev. Jim Jones

Funeral of GEN Daniel (Chappie) James is being conducted in the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at Catholic University, Washington, D.C. Honor Guard members carry the casket from a C-141 on arrival