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Southern Illinois Missing Soldier Remains Return Home

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The remains of an airman listed as missing in action during the Vietnam War have been recovered and are being returned to southern Illinois.  The Evansville Courier reports officials with the U.S. Department of Defense confirmed the remains of Pfc. Kenneth Leroy Cunningham of Ellery, which is in Edwards County. He went missing in October 1969, when he was 21.

Cunningham's remains will be flown to the United States, arriving in Louisville, Kentucky on Tuesday. They will then be taken to Albion for funeral services and burial on Thursday.  Cunningham's brother Dave, who was 12 at the time of his disappearance, says the recovery of his brother's remains ``is bittersweet.''

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