Remains of Vietnam War airman to return to southern Illinois

ALBION, Ill. (AP) — The remains of an airman who was listed as missing in action during the Vietnam War have been recovered and are being taken to southern Illinois. The Evansville Courier & Press reports officials with the U.S. Department of Defense confirmed the remains of Pfc. Kenneth Leroy Cunningham of Ellery, which is in Edwards County. He went missing in October 1969, when he was 21. Cunningham’s remains will be flown to the United States, arriving at the Louisville, Kentucky, airport on Jan. 19. They will then be taken to Albion, Illinois, for funeral services and burial on Jan. 21. Cunningham’s brother Dave, who was 12 at the time of his disappearance, says the recovery of his brother’s remains “is sort of bittersweet.”