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Lt. Col. Charles M. Walling ;Maj. Aado Kommendant; Airmen Missing from Vietnam War Identified : 06-14-2012


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#1 Biak

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 01:18 AM

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of two servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

Air Force Lt. Col. Charles M. Walling of Phoenix will be buried June 15 at Arlington National Cemetery. There will be a group burial honoring Walling and fellow crew member, Maj. Aado Kommendant of Lakewood, N.J., at Arlington National Cemetery, on Aug. 8 -- the 46th anniversary of the crash that took their lives.

On Aug. 8, 1966, Walling and Kommendant were flying 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 were deployed. Search and rescue efforts were not successful in the days following the crash.

In 1992, a joint United States-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 Wallings name, and other military equipment. In 2010, the site was excavated again. Human remains and additional evidence were recovered.

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 which matched Wallings living sister in the identification of the remains.

Defense.gov News Release: Airmen Missing from Vietnam War Identified


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Posted 15 June 2012 - 02:32 AM

RIP, airmen. The world hardly knew ye.
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Posted 16 June 2012 - 12:56 AM

Welcome home, sirs. Be at peace. :S!

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 09:21 AM

Rest In Peace Gentlemen and Welcome home!!!!
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