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Fayetteville Soldier Killed In Helicopter Crash In Vietnam

Posted April 9, 2001

— A Fayetteville family is mourning a father, a husband and a soldier.

Lieutenant Colonel Rennie Cory Jr. was one of 16 people killed when their helicopter crashed in the jungles of central Vietnam.

American and Vietnamese officials combed through the wreckage Monday. The helicopter team was looking for remains of U.S. soldiers missing since the Vietnam war.

Cory's widow, Andrea, says his last mission was a fitting one.

"I really believed in his sacrifice to his country. But it didn't come because he loved his country, it just came because that's the kind of person he was," she says.

Cory was 43. His wife, four children and father still live in Fayetteville. Six other Americans died in the helicopter crash.

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