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Air Force hero buried 62 years after death

April 15, 2006

Moultrie -- A military airman lost as sea during World War Two was laid to rest, 62 years after the mission that took his life. Airforce Staff Seargent Richard Fowler King was buried at Westview Cemetery in his hometown of Moultrie.

Back in 1944 King was sent on a special mission in Indonesia. The mission was complete, but his plane ran into a storm and was lost to waters off the coast of New Guinea. King and his team were presumed dead and missing until 2001. Now his family and friends have closure on his disappearance.

With full military honors and loved ones close, the life of Staff Sergeant Richard Fowler King was remembered.

"He always had such a nice smile when he left in the morning," said wife Inez Jenkins.

The very smile that wife Inez Jenkins fell in love with back in high school has remained in her heart since she learned of her husband's 1944 disappearance.

"The years we had were good, and I've never forgotten him," said Jenkins.

The Moultrie man was drafted during World War II to serve his country and the loved ones that he brought so much joy.

"He was very dedicated to everything, he was a nice Christian boy," said younger sister Ellen Raiford.

For younger sister Ellen Raiford, the memories of her brother's caring nature have stayed vibrant in her mind. Just as she remembers the search for answers to his disappearance.

"For 62 years is a long time, I'm just glad I got to live to see it through," said Raiford.

A long wait for closure, of a sacrifice never forgotten.

Many questions are answered now that King's body is finally home after more than half a century. Family members say they are proud to lay him to rest with full military honors.

 DNA evidence from King's one sister still living confirmed his remains at the plane's crash site. The unidentified members of his 11-person crew will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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