WMFE is Central Florida's primary provider of NPR programming on 90.7 FM and Classical Music on 90.7 HD2. Part of the community since 1965, WMFE focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. We inspire and empower all Central Floridians to discover, grow and engage within and beyond their world.
CLOSEOpt Out: I already like WMFE!

Like us on Facebook!

Support for 90.7 WMFE is provided by

Body Of US Airman Killed In Vietnam Will Return To Florida

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — The body of an Air Force colonel is returning home to Florida more than 50 years after his plane was shot down over Vietnam.

Col. Peter J. Stewart died March 15, 1966, when his F-4C Phantom jet was shot down. However, the 48-year-old’s remains were not identified until last month.

His son, Jim Stewart, told The Ledger the news has been bittersweet. He said knowing his father died quickly instead of languishing as a prisoner of war has brought the family some solace.

Stewart’s remains will be flown to Tampa on June 16. His family will then hold a memorial service and a funeral mass in Winter Haven.

According to Dan Penzien, president of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1040, Stewart is the first missing Vietnam veteran from Polk County identified in more than 20 years.


Sign Up For 90.7 WMFE's Newsletter

Catch up on the latest Central Florida news and get updates on programs, events and more.

SUBSCRIBE

WMFE Journalistic Ethics Code | Public Media Code of Integrity

TOP