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Remains of MIA Vietnam war hero found after 50 years

The family plans on burying Hall in Arlington National Cemetery at the end of March. Halls remains are currently in Honolulu (KTUL).

Life is quiet out at Louise Morgan’s home. Except for the sounds of roosters and the Oklahoma wind, not much touches this corner of the country.

The peace is a façade covering the years of worry that Morgan has lived with.

“He’s a hero, maybe to nobody else, to me he’s a hero,” said Morgan.

Her last words to her big brother were, "I love you." Chief Master Sgt. Donald Joe Hall was off to Vietnam where he’s been ever since.

“I knew when he was headed for Vietnam, it’s not in our hands (but) it’s in God’s hands whether they come back alive or not,” said Morgan.

On Feb. 6, 1967, Hall courageously rescued a downed pilot along the Mu Gia Pass. As he and his crew made their way out, their helicopter was hit and crashed. During the 50 years since, Hall has been “Missing in Action.”

Until now.

“It’s a good day, because we know where he is. We don’t have to worry about him anymore,” said Morgan.

In a small room, the United States Air Force gave Morgan and her family the answers they’ve been searching for. Her big brother’s remains have been found.

“Just wish that my mom and dad and my sister could have been here to know, but I’m sure they’re all together now,” said Morgan.

The years of heartache are still heavy. Aaron McGee has spent years looking for his grandfather and fellow crew members. Two are still missing.

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“You know, my first reaction when we got the word, the first thing that popped into my head was the other two families,” said McGee. “Not the reaction I had dreamed about all my life.”

Morgan knows the pain that comes with waiting but also the relief that comes from hope.

“Never give up hope. Some of these days they will be blessed like I have been,” said Morgan.

After 50 years, her hero has finally come home.

The family plans on burying Hall in Arlington National Cemetery at the end of March. Halls remains are currently in Honolulu.

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