Bitter-sweet Homecoming for a Fallen AirmanFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A bitter-sweet Homecoming tonight at Hector Airport as a Delta Flight landed carrying the remains of Major Tom Beyer. The 27-year old Fargo man was shot down over Vietnam in July of 1968. He had been missing in action since then, until his remains were found and recently identified.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
After those years of never knowing yet holding out hope, the family of Major Tom Beyer tonight proudly brought the airman home. 42-years after he went down in the steamy jungles of Vietnam, a snowy, proud hometown welcomed him back to the valley.
A sight no one expected tonight. The main floor at Hector Airport tonight, packed with those who came to honor Tom Beyer, some who went to high school with him. Others, Vietnam vets who would be called on to help welcome him home tonight.
It would be outside with the Delta plane on the tarmac that the Air Force Honor Guard and the Vietnam vets would march out for this Homecoming. Family, his wife, daughter, and son Tom, just 2-years old when his Dad was shot down, wept as his father came home.
How fitting, his wife whose hope and love never wavered all these years, would be joined by the couple's two children, who despite never knowing their father would this evening, proudly escort him back home again. Where on this snowy, holiday night, there was this sense of peace.”
Tom Beyer's funeral is set for Saturday at St. Mary's Cathedral in downtown Fargo. He will be buried with military honors, including an Air Force Fly Over.