Air Force Captain Joseph S. Smith was shot down over Cambodia on April 4, 1971. His remains were recovered in May. And finally, on Saturday, his remains finally returned to his hometown of Assumption.
People lined Second Street early to witness Captain Smith’s return to Assumption. Many area police officers, firefighters, motorcycle riders, and others also helped to bring Smith back to his hometown.
Marguerite Jackson grew up near Smith. She says Smith may have gotten his interest in flying from her brother.
Jackson didn’t expect to hear that Smith was coming home, but that she is glad he finally got his homecoming.
A funeral mass will be held for Smith Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Assumption. For more photos from the motorcade, visit our Taylorville Daily News Facebook page by clicking here.