Marine laid to rest after 37 years

After 37 years and on what would have been his 56th birthday, a Marine finally returns home and is laid to rest.

Pfc James J. Jacques, USMC, was killed in action during a rescue mission in Southeast Asia.

Jacques, who was 18 years old at the time, was onboard a helicopter enroute to the SS Mayguez, a U.S. merchant ship captured by the Khmer Rouge. President Gerald Ford called the act “piracy” and sent in the Marines. The helicopter was shot down on May 15, 1975. The discovery of a Cambodian wearing the private’s dog tags led to the location of the his remains. That was in 1995.

According to his sister, Delouise Gurra, “In 1995, we were told a Cambodian man who had been carrying around Jimmy’s dog tag for a number of years, had given it to U.S. officials. That gave us renewed hope. Then when there was a DNA match, we thanked God for closure.”

Although his remains were recovered in 1995, they weren’t positively identified as those of Pfc Jacques until recently.

Jacques was laid to rest at 1:15 PM on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at Fort Logan National Cemetery.

Welcome home, Jim.

The following is a tribute from Megyn Kelly and Trace Gallagher at Fox News:

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