CRANSTON (AP) — The body of a U.S. Air Force pilot whose plane was shot down over Vietnam more than half a century ago is now returning home to Rhode Island for his burial.
The remains of Lt. Col. Fredric Moore Mellor, a Cranston native, will arrive in Rhode Island this month for a funeral at the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The Providence Journal reports Mellor has been missing since 1965, when his plane was shot down during a reconnaissance mission.
Mellor ejected from his plane and made radio contact, but rescue helicopters were unable to find him. This summer, searchers discovered Mellor’s remains in the area where his plane crashed.
A burial with full military honors is scheduled for Sept. 28 at 11 a.m.