U.S. military buries airmen killed in 1965 crash

An Air Force carry team carries the casket with the remains of Air Force Col. Joseph Christiano, Col. Derrell B. Jeffords, Lt. Col. Dennis L. Eilers, Chieft Master Sgt. William K. Colwell, Chief Master Sgt. Arden K. Hassenger and Chief Master Sgt. Larry C. Thornton, during a burial service at Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Va., Monday, July 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

An Air Force carry team carries the casket with the remains of Air Force Col. Joseph Christiano, Col. Derrell B. Jeffords, Lt. Col. Dennis L. Eilers, Chieft Master Sgt. William K. Colwell, Chief Master Sgt. Arden K. Hassenger and Chief Master Sgt. Larry C. Thornton, during a burial service at Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Va., Monday, July 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

ARLINGTON, Va. — Nearly 47 years after their plane went down during a combat mission over Laos, six airmen have received a burial with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

The ceremony that prompted a variety of reactions from the family members who were there to remember their loved ones.

The charred remains of the six airmen — identified not through DNA matches but through dental records, personal items and other circumstantial evidence — were buried in a single casket.

The remains are representative of six Air Force servicemen: Col. Joseph Christiano of Rochester, N.Y.; Col. Derrell B. Jeffords of Florence, S.C.; Lt. Col. Dennis L. Eilers of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Chief Master Sgt. William K. Colwell of Glen Cove, N.Y.; Chief Master Sgt. Arden K. Hassenger of Lebanon, Ore.; and Chief Master Sgt. Larry C. Thornton of Idaho Falls, Idaho.

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