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Ceremony at Vietnam memorial to honor Middletown airman

May 06, 2009

MIDDLETOWN, Md. (AP) -- Operators of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington say they are updating the monument to reflect the changed status of a Middletown native.

The Pentagon identified the remains of Air Force Senior Master Sgt. James Caniford last year. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is changing a symbol beside his name from a cross to a diamond to show he is dead instead of missing.

Caniford is among five veterans to get such an update this year.

Caniford's father, James Caniford, said he and his wife plan to travel from their Fort Myers, Fla., home to Washington this Memorial Day, when a ceremony will be held at the wall.

The Department of Defense says Caniford was one of 14 crew members aboard a gunship that went down in Laos in March 1972.

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