SEATAC, Wash. -

The body of a Tacoma man whose plane was shot down over Laos returned home this week, 45 years after he went missing during the Vietnam War.

KING-TV reports the family of U.S. Air Force pilot Capt. Douglas Ferguson and the military never stopped looking after he was declared missing in action in 1969.

At Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Thursday he received a hero's welcome with an honor guard, a water cannon salute from the Port of Seattle Fire Department and a flag presentation.

Ferguson's remains were recovered at the crash site in Laos. The U.S military Central Identification Lab in Hawaii helped identify his remains. Ferguson will be buried at Mountain View Memorial Park in Lakewood, near his parents.

His sister says he received a silver star for extracting two pilots under enemy fire.