Vietnam Airmen Who Went Missing In 1969 Finally Comes Home To Illinois

ALBION, Ill. — Hundreds of people lined the roads of Albion, Illinois with flags and banners Tuesday to honor Sgt. Kenneth Cunningham who 45 years earlier had left the small town of Albion to go off and fight in the Vietnam War. Sgt. Cunningham went missing in Vietnam in 1969 and was declared dead nearly 10 years later.

The Courier Press reports that his mother, Margaret Cunningham, always hoped that her son would one day return home however stating that she died in April 2015 at 96 years old. Five months later, the military found Kenneth.  Those who knew her all said Margaret Cunningham would have been proud to see her son’s homecoming.

People lined the streets as a hearse went through the southern Illinois city of Albion carrying the remains of an airman listed as missing in action during the Vietnam War.

The U.S. Department of Defense confirmed the remains of Pfc. Kenneth Leroy Cunningham of Ellery were recovered. They arrived in Louisville, Kentucky, Tuesday morning and were taken to Albion.

Cunningham went missing on Oct. 3, 1969, when he was 21.

Sgt. Cunningham’s remains arrived in Louisville on Tuesday morning, and the Patriot Guard escorted him home.

Cunningham’s funeral will begin 2 p.m. Visitation will be Wednesday at the Little Prairie Christian Church west of Albion. Cunningham’s funeral will be Thursday at the church.

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