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Family presented with Vietnam veteran's dog tags after 4 decades

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KATY (KHOU) - The family of an airman who was killed in action is getting some closure after more than four decades.

On Saturday, the wife and children of Cpt. Walter Burke were presented with his dog tags at a Katy Veterans of Foreign Wars post. Burke's plane was shot down in Vietnam.

Several bodies were recovered from the crash site, but only one was identified leaving family members wondering what really happened to Burke.

Now with the dog tags, the family can find some closure.

"We had such a long period of time where we kind of tucked it away and this happened really fast so it's been kind of overwhelming and I don't think we've really had a chance to process," Lauren Branch, Burke's daughter, said Saturday.

Burke's dog tags were actually discovered by a search team in 1995, but because of bureaucratic missteps, his family didn't find out until recently.

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