Pentagon Says Remains of Four MIAs Identified
WASHINGTON (AP) _ The remains of four American servicemen missing in action in the Vietnam War have been identified after recovery in Laos, the Pentagon said Monday.
The four will be given a full military honors ceremony in Hawaii on Tuesday, it said, and flown to Travis Air Force Base, Calif., for the final journey home.
The four were lost in a March 23, 1961 airplane crash in Laos. Their remains were recovered in a joint American-Lao operation conducted last July 6-11.
At the request of one of the servicemen’s relatives, his name will not be made public, a Pentagon statement said. The three others were identified as:
- Air Force Capt. Ralph W. Magee, of Port Sulphur, La., born Sept. 28, 1931.
- Air Force Staff Sgt. Frederick T. Garside, of Plymouth, Mass., born Nov. 16, 1936.
- Air Force Staff Sgt. Leslie V. Sampson, of Richey, Mont., born April 9, 1936.
More than 2,000 American servicemen are still listed as missing in Southeast Asia.