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Airmen Missing from Vietnam War Identified

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On Aug. 8, 1966, Walling and Kommendant were the crew of an F-4C aircraft that crashed while on a close air support mission over Song Be Province, Vietnam.  Other Americans in the area reported seeing the aircraft crash and no parachutes being deployed.  Search and rescue efforts were not successful in the days following the crash.

In 1992, a joint U.S.-Socialist Republic of Vietnam (S.R.V.) team investigated the crash site and interviewed a local Vietnamese citizen who had recovered aircraft pieces from the site.  In 1994, a joint U.S.-S.R.V. team excavated the site and recovered a metal identification tag bearing Walling's name, and other military equipment.  In 2010, the site was excavated again, and additional evidence was recovered, including human remains.

Scientists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used circumstantial and material evidence, along with forensic identification tools including mitochondrial DNA in the identification of the remains.

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO website at http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo or call 703-699-1169.

Airmen Missing from Vietnam War Identified [ http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=15500 ]

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