Long-missing Colo. Marine buried with full honors

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Associated Press

Posted on October 9, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 9 at 2:34 PM

DENVER (AP) — Thirty-seven years after he was declared missing during the rescue of an American ship crew that was seized by the Khmer Rouge, a Colorado Marine is being buried with military honors.

Pfc. James Jacques (HAW'-kas) was buried Tuesday at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver.

Jacques was on a helicopter that crashed during the rescue of the cargo ship Mayaguez (my-ah-GWEZ) crew in 1975. Of the 26 people aboard the helicopter, 13 were rescued and the other 13 were declared missing, including Jacques.

Cambodia's Khmer Rouge had seized the Mayaguez and its crew days earlier.

The Defense Department told Jacques' family in August it had identified his remains with newly developed DNA testing.

Jacques grew up in La Junta (lah-HUN'-tah) in southeastern Colorado. He was 18 when he died.

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