|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.