Killed soldier 'back home' after 36 years

The remains of an Australian soldier killed during the Vietnam War were returned home to a ceremonial welcome yesterday, 36 years after his helicopter was shot down by enemy fire.

Killed soldier 'back home' after 36 years
Lance Corporal John Gillespie, a 24-year-old army medic, died on April 17, 1971, when his helicopter crashed and caught ablaze after coming under fire during a medical evacuation in the Minh Dam Mountains of southern Phuoc Tuy province.

"From one soldier to another, I say to Lance Corporal John Gillespie, welcome home mate," said Major General Richard Wilson of the Australian Defence Force as Gillespie's body was brought home in a flag-draped coffin.

Gillespie's family is very happy even getting the remains of him


Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Aralık 2007, 14:48