Skip to comments.Remains of pilot MIA for 45 years laid to rest at Arlington
Posted on 12/14/2013 6:06:02 AM PST by jttpwalsh
ARLINGTON, Va. In the days after she became sick with the cancer that eventually took her life, Jacquelyn McGouldrick gave her friend Liz Flick two bottles of champagne and an order: Keep these for when her husband came home. Air Force Col. Francis Jay McGouldrick Jr. had gone missing on Dec. 13, 1968, after a midair collision with another U.S. aircraft over Laos.
Jacquelyn McGouldrick and her four daughters were left in a limbo as days, then decades, passed. Yesterday, they finally opened the bottles.McGouldrick was home.
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In the days after she became sick with the cancer that eventually took her life, Jacquelyn McGouldrick gave her friend Liz Flick two bottles of champagne and an order: Keep these for when her husband came home... Jacquelyn McGouldrick and her four daughters were left in a limbo as days, then decades, passed. Yesterday, they finally opened the bottles. McGouldrick was home.
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Would enjoy the other article you mentioned. Until I read the newspaper article and read that he flew a B-57 the story didn’t click.
The other airplane unmentioned in the article was a night forward air control C-123 nicknamed “Candlestick”. That night my roommate at NKP, Royal Thai Air Base was on board as were the two navigators in the trailer next door. All aboard except the aircraft commander were killed their names are on the “Wall” and I wonder if the good Col listed as missing had his name there or not. I think seven perished in the 123.
You are certainly welcome. Jay was my Dad’s cousin, and the outpouring of good will that has come forth, this week, is certainly evidence of the nature of a Great People, and a Great Nation.
Jay is listed on The Wall, my Dad made an etching of his name.
Here is a link to the posting, from earlier, in the week:
There is a comment, there, from a fellow who was on duty that day.
Thank you, for this piece of the story. Bless you, and all of those who keep us safe, and free.
Welcome home Colonel.
Rest in Peace
Unfortunately Kerry came home to do what he has done and is still doing, and this man didn’t.
Welcome home Colonel McGouldrick.
My heart goes out to you and your family.
Rest easy, sleep well my brothers.
Know the line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Peace, peace, and farewell...
Christmas poem at Arlington National Cemetery
What a wonderful poem - thank you for posting it.