- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - An Air Force pilot missing for 45 years has finally received military honors.

Capt. Glenn R. Cook was honored at a service Sunday. Officials believe his plane was shot down as he was flying over Vietnam making airstrikes in 1969 during the Vietnam War, WSOC-TV (https://bit.ly/1d8RWaL ) reports.

“It was very sad. Our family was disrupted. Lives were changed on so many levels,” Cook’s sister, Jan Bradley, said.

Bradley said her parents hoped their son would return home one day and never held a memorial service. Like his parents, Cook’s best friend from high school never gave up hope.

“One day I thought he was going to call me and say ‘Bouley I’ve got nine kids in Vietnam. Come see me,’” Ray Bouley said. But that call never came.

After Cook’s parents died, Bradley said she felt it was time to honor her brother for his service, even though the military never recovered his remains.

“I think this is a longtime overdue, I need to honor him for his sacrifice,” Bradley said.

On Sunday, hundreds saluted the serviceman, promising he’ll never be forgotten. The family has installed a grave marker at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

“It’s a beautiful sight and all these people who came to honor my brother … it’s overwhelming,” Bradley said.

Cook left behind a wife and a son born three months after he disappeared.

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Information from: WSOC-TV, https://www.wsoctv.com

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