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Soldier Laid to Rest—40 Years After His Death

Brad Choat
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Dozens of motorcycle riding military veterans rode in a honor guard for Army Spc Randy Dalton, who was laid to rest July 24, 2011, forty years after he was killed in Vietnam War helicopter crash. (KMOX/Brad Choat)

Dozens of motorcycle riding military veterans rode in a honor guard for Army Spc Randy Dalton, who was laid to rest July 24, 2011, forty years after he was killed in Vietnam War helicopter crash. (KMOX/Brad Choat)

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GLEN CARBON, Ill. (KMOX) – “It’s one of the promises the military makes, dead or alive you will come home. And this one came home.”

Metro-East resident John Minford says was he proud to join the hundreds who saluted the flag-draped coffin of Army Specialist John Dalton as it was taken out of a Glen Carbon funeral home, Sunday.

The former Collinsville resident died in a helicopter crash during the Vietnam War, but his remains weren’t identified until recently.

Forty years to the day after the crash, Dalton was laid to rest.

Fellow Vietnam veteran Jim Miller was touched by the thousand-plus American flags leading the way to the cemetery, “It makes me think of all my fallen brothers who are still over there. It makes me real sad.”

During the memorial service, a relative said of Randy Dalton, “He is forever young, living in our memories.”

Dalton was only 20 when his chopper crashed in Cambodia.

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