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One who made it home

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on September 18, 2011 1:50 AM

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News-Argus/MICHAEL BETTS

Retired Brig. Gen. Michael DeArmond is honored during the 4th Fighter Wing's POW/MIA Ceremony at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Friday afternoon. DeArmond was a prisoner of war for 17 months after his F-86 was shot out of the sky during the Korean War.

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Airmen stand at attention as DeArmond is escorted out of the ceremony by 4th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Patrick Doherty.

From a seat hovering just above his fighter jet -- and some 27,000 feet above MiG Alley -- Michael DeArmond watched his burning F-86 explode. Moments later, the pilot was unconscious. And he was falling. "I fell ... to 18,000...

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