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Remains of Missouri soldier killed in 1970 return home

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The remains of a Missouri soldier killed more than four decades ago when his Army helicopter crashed in Cambodia during the Vietnam War are back home.

The remains of Rodney Griffin arrived Thursday morning at St. Louis' Lambert International Airport, and Patriot Guard motorcyclists led the hearse back toward Griffin's native mid-Missouri.

The Centralia man was 21 in 1970 when his helicopter was shot down.

In February, Griffin's relatives were told that his remains had been found in a grave near the crash site, where two other men killed in the crash also were identified.

Griffin's public funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Centralia High School, from which Griffin graduated in 1968.

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