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Missouri army pilot gets memorial service 47 years later

Cleve, of Farmington, served in the 176th Assault Helicopter Company.(Source: KFVS) Cleve, of Farmington, served in the 176th Assault Helicopter Company.(Source: KFVS)

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Family and friends have gathered at a long overdue memorial service in St. Louis for a U.S. Army pilot who was shot down over Laos during the Vietnam War.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that about 80 people showed up Thursday at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery to give Reginald D. Cleve a memorial service with military honors. More are expected for another ceremony Saturday at the St. Francois County Courthouse.

Cleve, of Farmington, served in the 176th Assault Helicopter Company. He was initially listed as missing in action after his helicopter disappeared March 22, 1971, leaving false hope that he and three crew members survived. The government eventually ruled that everybody on board was killed.

The memorial service was organized by Chuck Pingel, the brother of Cleve's widow Karen.

Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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