Wartime Remains of 6 US Airmen Located in Laos

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Six U.S. airmen missing from a combat mission over southern Laos during the Vietnam War will be buried Monday after their remains were located and identified following a 17-year investigation.
The Defense Department said Thursday the six will be buried in a single casket at Arlington National Cemetery.
Their AC-47D aircraft went down Dec. 24, 1965, after sending a mayday signal.
A U.S.-Lao team located the crash site in 1995, and investigators searched the area four times between 1999 and 2001 but found no human remains. The search resumed in 2010 and 2011, when remains were located. They were identified using dental records and other evidence.
More than 300 American personnel are missing from Laos, where the U.S. bombarded supply lines of communist guerrillas fighting U.S. forces in neighboring Vietnam.

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  • by SouthernPatriot Location: Dothan on Jul 10, 2012 at 04:09 PM
    "The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example." Rest in peace brave warriors.
  • by Karen Location: New Brockton on Jul 10, 2012 at 02:16 PM
    May they now rest in peace and may the families now have closure. God bless them!
  • by Mary Location: chino valley az on Jul 9, 2012 at 11:54 AM
    Uncle Joe I am so proud of you and the Spooky crew. I finally get to say welcome home. I wish I could have been there to celebrate your homecoming, but health issues kept me away. I lit a candle for you all and said a prayer too. You were never far from my thoughts the past 46 years. Know that with every tear drop shed for you, pride filled those tears. Rest easy all aboard the Spooky gunship. Mary Christiano
  • by The GUNSHIP guy Location: Geneva on Jul 8, 2012 at 06:52 PM
    Fought as a team, died as a team, buried as a team. Hardly any large pieces to bury alone!.
  • by Anonymous Location: Echo on Jul 8, 2012 at 05:40 AM
    Its really great that the remains of our American soldiers are being brought home but the deserve to have their own final resting place not put all n the same box
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