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Veterans remember soldier missing in action

MOORE, Okla.—Bikers from across the state gathered to remember an Oklahoma soldier who has been missing in action for more than 40 years.

Members of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association hit the road to honor Vietnam soldier Alan Bruce Cecil.

Cecil has been missing in action since September of 1969.

His family says he was wounded and left behind while a search and rescue mission was not possible.

Terry Trammell said, “I just think what he did took a whole lot of courage to go behind enemy lines; him and three other guys.”

Saturday’s event was Trammell’s idea after a little bit of research.

He said, “A couple of years ago, I was reading the Nixon Tapes Declassified and there’s links on the page. One link led me to another and I ran across the MIA list by state and I clicked on Oklahoma.

That’s when he came across Bruce’s name.

From there, he contacted Bruce’s mother and asked if she would be willing to talk about her son.

“She said that was her favorite thing to talk about and from that led to this.”

Bikers rode from Fort Thunder Harley Davidson in Moore to Sunset Memorial Park in Norman for a wreath laying.

Vern Babcock said, “It’s very dear to my heart to see all these veterans come out and support a fellow brother who lost his life.”

He said, “Please thank a soldier; thank a veteran. Shake their hand, and especially the Vietnam veterans, tell them welcome home because we need it.”

Bruce is just one of 32 Oklahomans who are listed as missing in action in southeast Asia.