Airman Missing From Vietnam War Accounted ForThe Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing from the Vietnam War, has been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
U.S. Air Force Col. Francis J. McGouldrick Jr. of New Haven, Conn., will be
buried Dec. 13, at Arlington National Cemetery. On Dec. 13, 1968, McGouldrick
was on a night strike mission when his B-57E Canberra aircraft collided with
another aircraft over Savannakhet Province, Laos. McGouldrick was never seen
again and was listed as missing in action.
After the war in July 1978, a military review board amended his official
status from missing in action to presumed killed in action.
Between 1993 and 2004, joint U.S/Lao People's Democratic Republic (L.P.D.R.)
teams attempted to locate the crash site with no success. On April 8, 2007, a
joint team located a possible crash site near the village of Keng Keuk,
From October 2011 to May 2012, joint U.S./L.P.D.R. teams excavated the site
three times and recovered human remains and aircraft wreckage consistence with a
In the identification of McGouldrick, scientists from the Joint POW/MIA
Accounting Command (JPAC) and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory
(AFDIL) used circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools, such as
mitochondrial DNA – which matched McGouldrick's great nephew and niece.
Today there are 1,644 American service members that are still unaccounted-for
from the Vietnam War.
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