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By: U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jack Braden, Courtesy: US Air Force
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Pilot burial solves two mysteries
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Pilot burial solves two mysteries
Jia Xiudong, representing the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C., reads a letter from Huang Renzhun during memorial services for 2nd Lt. Robert Hoyle Upchurch on Saturday, April 8, 2006. Lieutenant Upchurch was a member of the famed Flying Tigers during World War II and was listed as missing in action until his remains were identified last May by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command. In his letter, Mr. Huang tells how, as a young boy, he remembered the body of an American pilot being recovered and given a ceremonial burial in the village of Guidong, Hunan Province. The villagers maintained the burial site more than 60 years until Lieutenant Upchurch's remains were returned to the U.S.
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World War II had been over for two years and the Korean War lay three years ahead when the Air Force ended a 40-year association with the U.S. Army to become a separate service. The Department of the Air Force was created when President Harry S Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947.
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