Fulton P. Lanier, CPT Army Air Force, age 27, was officially declared missing in action (MIA) as of 31 January 1944 after the C-87 he was piloting with a crew of 4 other Army Air Force Crew Members, went missing after taking off from Kunming, China. The C-87 was never seen or heard from after departing from Kunming, and it never arrived at its destination in Jorhat, India. The U.S. Army issued a Finding of Death in January 1946.
In December 1993 and September 1994 Chinese and American cooperative efforts led to the recovery of wreckage and remains of the crew of a World War II American C-87 that crashed into a glacier in Tibet. Material evidence and remains were turned over to the Central Identification Laboratory-Hawaii/ Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. This led to both a group identification and burial, which included CPT Fulton P. Lanier, and individual identification and burial of the other four crew members at Arlington National Cemetery in January 1998.
In August 2015 a Chinese newspaper noted that remains were recovered between 31 July and 8 August 2015 by professionals at a site in Tibet. Based on research by DPAA analysts, the remains were believed to be associated with the previously excavated site for CPT Lanier’s Air Crew in the Tibet Autonomous Region. From 21 to 29 October 2015, DPAA representatives worked with the Chinese officials for the turnover of the recovered remains, culminating in a turnover ceremony between U.S. and Chinese officials. Advanced DNA testing was conducted and remains were positively identified as those of CPT Fulton P. Lanier, U.S. Army Air Forces.
Captain Fulton P. Lanier is survived by his nieces and nephews, Virginia Lanier Powers of Wilmington, Billy Worth Lanier of Erwin, Franklin Fulton Lanier of Buies Creek, William Stephen Lanier of Beaufort, SC, Dr. David Charles Lanier of Chapel Hill, Bobby Lanier of Newport News, Virginia, and Nancy Lanier Player of Florence, SC.
Fulton went to Campbell for two years (junior college) where he played football then he went to Lenoir Rhyne. His football coach at Campbell, Coach Stachovich, left Campbell to go to Lenoir Rhyne and Fulton followed him there to continue playing football. Bill remembers Aunt Mary (Fulton's sister) saying that as a child Fulton was small therefore he was called "Runt". He grew up to be a man that was six feet tall.
The family will receive friends at O’Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home in Lillington Thursday, September 28 from 2:00-2:45 PM. A graveside service with Full Military Honors will be conducted at 3:00 PM, as well as the presentation of CPT Fulton P. Lanier’s Military Awards and Medals to his niece, Virginia Lanier Powers, at Harnett Memorial Park in Lillington.
O'Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home & Crematory
Thursday September 28th, 2017
2:00pm - 2:45pm
1310 S. Main St.
Lillington, NC 27546
Harnett Memorial Park
Thursday September 28th, 2017
50 US 421 South
Lillington, NC 27546
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Donna Zhang lit a candle on Sep 28 2017 09:14:08 PM
Flying tigers were some most courageous young pilots came to my home province during the WWII . They flew above Mountain forest brought medical supplies and fought Japanese investors, and they made good friends with locals were the hope and light for the people in that dark time! There were exhibitions about these courageous brave young men at our provincial museum. I became very emotional when I learned about Captain Fulton Lanier earlier this year. He finally will be rest in peace in his hometown. I thank him for his selfless sacrifice and people back in my home province everyone knows and remember the Flying Tigers. RIP Captain!
Submitted by Grace Lavitt on Sep 28 2017 09:09:12 PM
Hi, This is a message from China. I have lived in Raleigh, NC for 1 year. Thanks for Cap. Fulton P. Lanier and his teammates' courage and determination, which stopped the enemy and prevented the world become a disaster. God bless you and your family.
Submitted by Ling on Sep 28 2017 09:06:16 PM
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Chris Li lit a candle on Sep 28 2017 09:05:44 PM
Ling lit a candle for Capt. Fulton P. Lanier
Ling lit a candle on Sep 28 2017 09:05:43 PM
Thank you for your your life sacrificing in China for the freedom of Chinese and the people who love freedom and peace. Your blood was not shedding in vain. You will be memorized in generations! May God bless you and your beloved ones.
Submitted by Guiling on Sep 28 2017 09:05:30 PM
Hats off to you, a true hero!
Submitted by Sean Che on Sep 28 2017 09:01:32 PM
Sean Che lit a candle for Capt. Fulton P. Lanier
Sean Che lit a candle on Sep 28 2017 09:01:12 PM
I heard this history years ago. I was told by my Mother that when she was young she even got the vitamin E pills from the US peace keeping force in Zhejiang province, where the inner mountain area hadn't invaded by Japanese army that time. We always remember those heroes who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of our people. Thank you Capitan,thank you US.
Submitted by Adam Yu on Sep 28 2017 08:54:44 PM
In this world, there are many whose names we try to forget, while there are more whose names we must always remember because they have given their lives to make the world a better place for us all. Capt. Lanier should be always be remembered, particularly, by all the Chinese because he gave his life to stop our Chines sufferings of a brutal war. Our thoughts and prayers are his family and may his soul rest in heaven.
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