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Old 06-17-2015, 12:37 AM   #1
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I pulled these emails from the past couple of days from a friend on another forum and am reposting them here with his permission. He works for the U.S. Army. Thought many of our veteran and active duty members would appreciate reading this.

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The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of three servicemen, missing from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be buried with full military honors.

Army Chief Warrant Officers 3 James L. Phipps of Mattoon, Illinios, and Rainer S. Ramos of Wiesbaden, Germany, were the pilots of a UH-1C Iroquois (Huey) helicopter gunship that was shot down in Quang Tin Province, South Vietnam. Also aboard the aircraft were door gunners Staff Sgt. Warren Newton of Eugene, Oregon, and Spc. Fred J. Secrist of Eugene, Oregon. The crew was assigned to Troop C, 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 14th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade. The crew will be buried, as a group, on June 17 at Arlington.

On Jan. 9, 1968, the crew was on a mission over Quang Tin Province (now part of Quang Nam Province), South Vietnam, when the Huey was struck by ground fire, causing it to crash and explode in a North Vietnamese bunker and trench system. The crew was declared missing in action. On Jan. 20, 1968, a U.S. led team recovered the body of Secrist and he was returned to his family for burial.

Today, 1,627 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Vietnam War. The U.S. government continues to work closely with the governments of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia to recover Americans lost during the Vietnam War.

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account for Americans, who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil or call 703- 699-1420.

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I got this in my DoD News Feed today.
We always talk about the MIA in Vietnam and we tend to forget those missing from The Good War:

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing since World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. John W. Herb of Cleveland, Ohio, will be buried June 18, in Arlington National Cemetery. On April 13, 1945, Herb was assigned to the 368th Fighter Squadron, 359th Fighter Group, 1st Air Division, as the pilot of an P-51D Mustang. His aircraft sustained damage while strafing German aircraft on the ground. During Herb's attempted landing in an open field southeast of Hamburg, Germany, his aircraft crashed. Herb's wingman reported seeing the wreckage burning in the field. Herb was reported killed in action. His remains were not recovered during the war.


In 1950, the American Graves Registration Command (AGRC) investigated Herb's loss, but was unsuccessful in finding his remains.

In June 2014, a DoD team working in the vicinity of Gudow, Germany, interviewed several locals who recalled a U.S. aircraft striking a tree and burning. The locals also reported that the pilot was severely injured in the crash and had been shot by a German soldier who removed him from the wreckage. The witness also stated that his remains were buried near the crash site. The team excavated the suspected burial site, recovering remains and aircraft wreckage.

To identify Herb's remains, scientists from DPAA used circumstantial evidence and dental comparison which matched his records.

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000 died. Today, more than 73,000 are unaccounted for from that conflict.
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I follow some of the findings, as my Father was in Vietnam for 18 months as a squadron commander. We stayed behind, of course, and were glued to the b&w TV every dinner time. I'll always remember....
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I read this previously on a VN Veterans Facebook Group I'm a member of, however, I truly appreciate you sharing it here.

And to the brothers who will now be laid to rest with honor... Welcome Home
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Thank you Anaro. There are several Vietnam vets in my family.
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Thanks for the post...Unending thanks to our military...
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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.


The poem is "For the Fallen" by Robert Laurence Binyon
The part above is just a part of the whole poem...
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