Rally Planned to Raise Awareness of Man Who Remains Missing After More Than 40 Years

NBC RIGHT NOW -- Family and friends are planning a rally in Ellensburg next month to raise awareness of the issue of bringing home the remains of a U.S. air force major killed more than 40 years ago.

U.S. Air Force Major San D. Francisco was shot down while flying a mission in North Vietnam in 1968.

The Central Washington University graduate, who also grew up in Kennewick, was forced to eject from his F-4 Phantom Fighter-Bomber. His parachute did not deploy fully, and he broke both his legs when he landed.

That is when he was hit by friendly fire as enemy forces were capturing him.

Francisco is one of 40 unaccounted people from Washington State who have been reported missing from the Vietnam War.  His family and friends plan to hold a rally at 5:00 p.m. on October 18th at the Kelleher Motor Company in Ellensburg.

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