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At last, soldier Bunyan Price Jr. is laid to rest

Liam Hinkle 6 (left), of York,SC a relative of Bunyan Price Jr., holds a flag in honor of Sgt. Price, Henry Eldridge 8 (right), of York,SC at the entrance to Greenwood Cemetery on S. Main street in Belmont for the funeral procession for Sgt. Bunyan Price Jr, a Belmont soldier killed in the Vietnam War, his casket was carried in a 1800s horse-drawn hearse into the Greenwood Cemetery in Belmont April 11,2015.
Liam Hinkle 6 (left), of York,SC a relative of Bunyan Price Jr., holds a flag in honor of Sgt. Price, Henry Eldridge 8 (right), of York,SC at the entrance to Greenwood Cemetery on S. Main street in Belmont for the funeral procession for Sgt. Bunyan Price Jr, a Belmont soldier killed in the Vietnam War, his casket was carried in a 1800s horse-drawn hearse into the Greenwood Cemetery in Belmont April 11,2015. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

Under a bright Saturday sky, the remains of Bunyan Price Jr. were laid to rest near his parents at Greenwood Cemetery in Belmont – not far from the Chronicle Mill village where Price grew up before he shipped off to the Army and Vietnam.

With Price’s four siblings watching, a horse-drawn, 1800s-vintage hearse wagon carrying Price’s casket wound through the cemetery as well-wishers lined the route holding American flags.

On May 2, 1970, Price, a 20-year-old Army specialist, was a passenger with seven other Americans on a helicopter that had crossed into Cambodia to avoid a rain squall and was hit by enemy ground fire. The aircraft landed burning in a rice field and all eight survived. But three, including Price, were likely killed that day by attacking Viet Cong and buried in a grave.

Their remains were found last year.

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