CONCORD - Services in both Concord and Kannapolis are now set to remember SFC Donald "Donnie" Shue on Saturday.
“We want people to come, bring your American flags, tell your neighbors about it," said Peter Franzese of the City of Concord. "This is a really important event for our town to be able to honor Donnie Shue and his family.”
Shue, U.S. Army Special Forces, went missing in Laos in November 1969. Shue grew up in Concord, and moved to Kannapolis before entering the Army in 1967.
His remains were recently located in Laos, are now in Pearl Harbor, and will arrive in Charlotte on April 30.
SFC Shue was part of a special forces reconnaissance patrol that was on a mission in Vietnam's Quang Tri Provenance that was "attacked and overrun by enemy forces on a remote hilltop," a spokeswoman for the Joint Prisoners of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command Center told WBTV in March.
The reconnaissance team retreated, but SFC Shue and two others were injured in the attack and presumed killed. SFC Shue has been listed as "Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered" since the attack.
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There will be a large procession from Charlotte to Whitley’s Funeral Home in Kannapolis, with a stop in Downtown Concord for a presentation from the City, other government entities, and veterans groups.
The procession will be escorted by the Concord Police Department, Kannapolis Police Department, and Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office, with support from the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Department and the North Carolina Highway Patrol.