Team Seymour helps repatriate remains of Goldsboro native

Team Seymour helps repatriate remains of Goldsboro native

A hearse carrying the remains of Col. Edgar “Felton” Davis passes under the American flag, April 5, 2018, on the way to Seymour Funeral Home in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Davis, a RF-4C navigator, was shot down during the Vietnam War and is now being repatriated to his native town of Goldsboro. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittain Crolley)

Members of the 4th Fighter Wing honor guard perform a dignified transfer of the repatriated remains of Col. Edgar “Felton” Davis, April 5, 2018, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Members of the 4th Fighter Wing honor guard perform a dignified transfer of the repatriated remains of Col. Edgar “Felton” Davis, April 5, 2018, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Davis was declared missing in action after his aircraft was shot down on Sept. 17, 1968 during the Vietnam War and was later declared killed in action. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shawna L. Keyes)

Members of the Patriot Guard Riders of North Carolina stand with American flags and Prisoner-of-War/Missing-in-Action flags to honor the repatriated remains of Col. Edgar “Felton” Davis, April 5, 2018, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Members of the Patriot Guard Riders of North Carolina stand with American flags and Prisoner-of-War/Missing-in-Action flags to honor the repatriated remains of Col. Edgar “Felton” Davis, April 5, 2018, in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Patriot Guard Riders of North Carolina were among those that escorted Davis and his family from Raleigh-Durham International Airport back to his hometown of Goldsboro, North Carolina. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shawna L. Keyes)

Col. Brian Armstrong, 4th Fighter Wing vice commander, thanks a member of the Patriot Guard Riders of North Carolina, April 5, 2018, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Col. Brian Armstrong, 4th Fighter Wing vice commander, thanks a member of the Patriot Guard Riders of North Carolina, April 5, 2018, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Armstrong escorted the repatriated remains of Col. Edgar “Felton” Davis from Hawaii back to his hometown, Goldsboro, North Carolina. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shawna L. Keyes)

Team Seymour helps repatriate remains of Goldsboro native

Members of the 4th Fighter Wing honor guard remove the casket carrying the remains of Col. Edgar “Felton” Davis from a hearse, April 6, 2018, at the Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Goldsboro, North Carolina. The honor guard performed full military honors for Davis, who was being repatriated to his hometown of Goldsboro after being shot down over the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in 1968. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittain Crolley)

Team Seymour helps repatriate remains of Goldsboro native

Col. Christopher Sage, 4th Fighter Wing commander, presents a folded flag to Martha Morton, the daughter of Col. Edgar “Felton” Davis, during Davis’ memorial service, April 6, 2018, at Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Morton and her two brothers, who both currently serve in the U.S. Air Force, received flags in honor of their father. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittain Crolley)

Team Seymour helps repatriate remains of Goldsboro native

F-15E Strike Eagles from the 333rd Fighter Squadron perform a missing man formation during a flyover for the memorial service of Col. Edgar “Felton” Davis, April 6, 2018, at Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Goldsboro, North Carolina. After being shot down and declared missing in action, search and rescue efforts attempted to locate Davis or the aircraft wreckage, but to no avail. It wasn’t until 2015 that information led to the discovery of his remains. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittain Crolley)

Team Seymour helps repatriate remains of Goldsboro native

Retired Col. Alan Davis, son of Col. Edgar "Felton" Davis, hugs Goldsboro Police Officer Tim Christie after his internment ceremony April 6, 2018, at the Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Christie wore Col. Edgar "Felton" Davis' prisoner of war/missing in action bracelet for several years and returned the bracelet to Colonel Allen Davis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David W. Carbajal)

Team Seymour helps repatriate remains of Goldsboro native

Matt Davis, grandson of Col. Edgar "Felton" Davis, hugs a family member after his internment ceremony April 6, 2018, at the Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Colonel Davis was a navigator aboard a RF-4C Phantom fighter-bomber aircraft, assigned to the 11th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, that crashed during a night photo-reconnaissance mission over the Lao People's Democratic Republic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David W. Carbajal)

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Members of the Team Seymour stand in formation during the burial of Col. Edgar “Felton” Davis, April 6, 2018, at Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Goldsboro, North Carolina. The base was heavily involved in the repatriation of Davis, including a cross-country escort, dignified transfer by the base honor guard, and providing more than 150 Airmen to serve during the memorial service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittain Crolley)

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A 4th Fighter Wing commander's coin was placed on the casket of Col. Edgar "Felton" Davis after the internment ceremony April 6, 2018, at the Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Colonel Davis was a navigator aboard a RF-4C Phantom fighter-bomber aircraft, assigned to the 11th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, that crashed during a night photo-reconnaissance mission over the Lao People's Democratic Republic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David W. Carbajal)

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Retired Col. Allen Davis, son of Col. Edgar "Felton" Davis, provides a statement to civilian media after the internment ceremony April 6, 2018, at the Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Colonel Edgar "Felton" Davis was a navigator aboard a RF-4C Phantom fighter-bomber aircraft, assigned to the 11th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, that crashed during a night photo-reconnaissance mission over the Lao People's Democratic Republic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David W. Carbajal)

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The remains of Col. Edgar “Felton” Davis are escorted to the hearse while salutes are rendered, April 6, 2018, in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Davis, on a RF-4c Phantom was shot down during a mission over Laos. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Miranda A. Loera)

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Members of the Patriot Guard Riders of North Carolina lead the way of escorting Col. Edgar “Felton” Davis to the Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, April 6, 2018, in Goldsboro, N.C. Davis’ remains were escorted by more than 100 members of the Patriot Guard Riders as well as several emergency vehicles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Miranda A. Loera)

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The 4th Fighter Wing honor guard performs a 21-gun salute during the memorial service of Col. Edgar “Felton” Davis, April 6, 2018, in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Full honors were rendered, as well as a missing man formation flown by members of the 333rd Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Miranda A. Loera)

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. --

U.S. Air Force Col. Edgar “Felton” Davis, an RF-4C Phantom navigator during the Vietnam War, was laid to rest after 50 years deceased with full military honors April 6, 2018, in his hometown of Goldsboro, North Carolina.

Davis was shot down over Laos Sept. 17, 1968, during a reconnaissance mission while assigned to 11th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron under the 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing and was declared deceased when the first search for his remains yielded no results. The Defense Prisoner of War/Missing In Action Accounting Agency discovered Davis’ remains in December 2017.

The funeral was held at the Providence United Methodist Church while the burial was held at the Eastern Carolina State Veteran’s Cemetery where his children, siblings and other family members paid their respects and honored their loved one’s life.

“We would like to thank the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and the other organizations that played a part in Felton’s case over the last 50 years,” said Col. Alan Davis, son of Col. Felton Davis. “The journey to bring our father home was long, and with gaps, but their work spans years and we would like to thank the individuals who kept looking and made this closure possible.”

Between 2001 and 2015, recovery teams searched for Davis’ remains six times, however, only personal effects were found.

A Laotian villager reached out regarding an American service member’s remains in 2015. He said his father had found the pilot and buried him many years ago. The DPAA collected evidence which after analysis matched the Davis family.

Davis supported a legacy committed to reconnaissance missions while assigned to the 432nd TRW. Today, the 432nd Wing executes similar persistent attack and reconnaissance missions via Remotely Piloted Aircraft.

“It’s an incredible honor to be here,” said Lt. Col. David, 50th ATKS commander. “I believe this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity… after 50 years of being declared missing-in-action we’ve finally been able to bring a Hunter home. To see the relief in his family’s eyes and the release of all those years is an incredible experience.”

Today, there are more than 1,600 American service members and civilians still unaccounted for from the Vietnam War. The DPAA continues the search to bring every POW/MIA home.

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