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Soldier returns home for burial after 45 years
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Forty-five years to the day after his helicopter went down while he was on a mission in Vietnam, Marvin Foster Phillips was laid to rest Monday in his native Grundy County soil.“It was bittersweet,” said his younger brother, Morrison resident James Phillips, of the process of learning his brother’s remains had been found in Vietnam.A crowd estimated at over 1,000 paid their final respects as a procession was held Monday afternoon from Grundy County High School to Palmer Cemetery. Schools and public buildings closed in Grundy County and flags were ordered flown at half-staff across the state in honor of the U.S. Army gunner who died on a mission he was not even scheduled to fly.“It makes you know people still care,” said Phillips, who noted many people stood in rain waving flags along the procession route. “It’s like you’re part of one big family up there.