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A hero's farewell

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on October 16, 2009 1:46 PM

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Members of the Air Force Honor Guard carry the casket of Capt. Mark McDowell into the Fort Meyer Old Post Chapel before burial services at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Thursday.

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Family, friends and fellow airmen of Capt. Mark McDowell gather at the Fort Meyer Old Post Chapel.

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Katie McDowell, left, the widow of Air Force Capt. Mark McDowell, accepts the American flag that was draped over her husband's casket from Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Carrol Chandler during burial services at Arlington National Cemetery Thursday. Also pictured is McDowell's mother, Barbara Thomas.

Capt. Mark R. McDowell

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Katie McDowell broke down when Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Carrol Chandler kneeled before her Thursday morning holding a folded flag, which, moments earlier, had been draped over her husband, Mark's, casket. The Air Force...

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