Airman's remains return

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POSTED: Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 12:05pm

UPDATED: Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 12:09pm

Remains of Air Force pilot lost over Laos in 1969 finally come home. Janet Kim reports.

(KING) It was a homecoming at SeaTac Airport fit for a hero, and one his family feared would never happen. In 1969, U.S. Air force pilot Captain Douglas Ferguson was considered missing in action. The military and his sister never stopped looking for him.

Ferguson left his Tacoma home to fight in the Vietnam War but never returned after his plane was shot down over laos in 1969.

After nearly 45 years, the wait is over. Captain Douglas Ferguson is finally home. He received a hero's welcome with the presence of the Honor Guard, a water cannon salute from the Port of Seattle Fire Department, and a flag presentation.

"It was more than I could have imagined," said sister Sue Scott. "It was just beautiful and i think it honored him in such a noble way."

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