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Crash of Jolly Green 23
June 9, 1968
By Ken Freeze
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Lt. Jack Rittichier Comes Home

It was a ceremony that was long overdue. After waiting 35 years, family, friends and a country were finally able to put to rest the Coast Guard's only MIA of the Vietnam War at Arlington National Cemetery, October 6, 2003..  

Lt. Jack C. Rittichier  was laid to rest in on was it called "Coast Guard Hill" on the southern edge of the cemetery. With hundreds of military officials, family and well-wishers, Rittichier was finally home.

With full military honors including a horse-drawn caisson,  a helicopter fly-over by four Coast Guard helicopters and 21-gun salute, there was no question that this was a burial for an American hero. 

With the folding of an the American flag, a country says thank you and goodbye. Minutes later the Commandant of the Coast Guard, Thomas H. Collins, presented the flag to David Rittichier, brother of Lt. Jack  Rittichier.

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