Family of Vietnam Vet hopes to have his remains returned to U.S.

Published: Aug. 22, 2016 at 9:28 PM CDT
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The family of an Air Force Veteran who was killed more than 50 years could finally be getting closure. The soldiers remains, which have been half a World away since the Vietnam War, could soon be coming home.

"Leave no man behind is for real, it's not just a catchy slogan," says Valarie Wolfe.

When Wolfe was just a child her father, Captain Thomas Wolfe, went to fight in the Vietnam War; it was a trip he would never return from.

"He was lost in 1966 over Laos so he's been on the P.O.W. M.I.A. list now for over 50 years," says Wolfe.

The Wolfe family has been trying ever since to have the airman's remains returned to the Ozarks.

"We've been on the excavation list now since 2006 but then our case just stalled and we didn't hear anything else so we've been waiting fairly long time," says Wolfe.

But to do that would require a lot of digging and a lot of cooperation between the U.S. and Laotian Governments.

"There are a number of families who are in exactly the same boat as ours so for us we went public and asked for people to write letters," says Wolfe.

With the help of efforts made by Senators McCaskill and Blunt, Valerie Wolfe now has high hopes that her fathers remains could soon be on their way home.

"He as a plot in our family plot out in Monett so at that point we just want to bury him with his family," says Wolfe.

A day Wolfe has been waiting for almost her entire life.

"I don't like the word closure because it just doesn't even encompass it, we've been waiting for 50 years; a long time," says Wolfe.

Captain Thomas Wolfe's legacy lives on in Monett, where he grew up; The local VFW chapter is named after Wolfe.