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An honor guard from the Grand Forks Air Force Base walks to receive the casket containing the remains of U.S. Air Force Maj. Thomas Beyer on Wednesday night at Hector International Airport in Fargo. The Vietnam War pilot had been missing for more than four decades. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Park Rapids vets pay tribute to Fargo man whose remains returned home after 40 years

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Maj. Thomas Beyer died more than 40 years ago when the plane he was piloting was lost in the jungles and violence of the Vietnam War.

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He returned home to Fargo on Wednesday night to gently falling snow.

Family and friends were also there when a plane carrying Beyer's casket landed about 9 p.m. at Hector International Airport.

Among them was Beyer's sister, Libby Schoemehl, who traveled from California to be with her brother one last time.

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