Airman's dog tags returned 50 years after he was shot down

ORLANDO, Fla. - Air Force Col. Richard A. Kibbey's dog tags have been returned to his family some 50 years after his helicopter was shot down over Vietnam.

Kibbey's children finally found some closure on Monday when they received their father's aluminum identification tags during a ceremony at Patrick Air Force Base. A Vietnamese farmer found them near the spot Kibbey's helicopter crashed in February 1967.

Son John Kibbey, who was 2 when his father was listed as missing in action, tells the Orlando Sentinel the ceremony marks "a fulfilment of a promise made: you will never be forgotten."

During the sombre ceremony, their father was also honoured with a Purple Heart and a Silver Star for valour in combat.


Information from: Orlando Sentinel,

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