Private First Class James Rickey Maxwell

 Marine's remains return to Arkansas 37 years later
Maxwell obit

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On May 15, 1975, James Rickey Maxwell was on a rescue mission with four other Marines when their helicopter, the Jolly Green Giant was hit by enemy fire. His remains went down with the air craft, but he was never forgotten.
Dozens of riders escorted the hearse through Morrilton to the funeral home, where dozens more stood in attention to pay their respects for a young man who once stood proudly for his country.
KATV) Morrilton - The recently identified remains of a Conway County Marine, missing in action in Vietnam since 1975 have arrived in Arkansas for burial. The remains of Private First Class James Rickey Maxwell, who was 18 when he was reported killed in action, arrived to a warm welcome by family, friends, and the patriot guard riders.
When the date was set to bring Maxwell home, the Patriot Guard Riders were ready to welcome the fallen hero. Kermit Gray speaks to the Patriot Guard Riders before the hearse arrives, "This is what we're about. We've all lost brothers, we've all lost sisters and a lot of you have lives this."
James Maxwell was involved in the "Mayaguez Incident" in Cambodia. Trying to recover his body meant a deadly mission. That was 37-years ago; his family never stopped thinking about when he would be returned home. Tuesday, was emotional for everyone there.