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Vietnam War Remains Identified

April 16, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The remains of six American servicemen killed during the Vietnam War have been identified and are being returned to their families, the Pentagon said Friday.

The six were identified as Air Force Capt. Dean A. Wadsworth, of Clarendon, Texas; Marine Staff Sgt. Harold E. Reid, of Salt Lake City; Navy Lt. David L. Hodges, of Chevy Chase, Md.; Air Force Lt. Col. Lewis M. Robinson, of Saginaw, Mich.; Air Force Capt. Douglas K. Martin, of Tyler, Texas; and Air Force Capt. Samuel L. James, of Chattanooga, Tenn.

Wadsworth’s T-28B Trojan aircraft broke apart in the air after a bombing run about 50 miles southwest of Da Nang on Oct. 8, 1963, the Pentagon said. A Vietnamese who lives near the site turned over some remains in 1993, and a 1995 excavation of the crash site turned up additional remains and Wadsworth’s identification tags.

Reid disappeared Sept. 13, 1967, after completing guard duty at an observation post near a river in Quang Nam Province, the Pentagon account said. Local informants told U.S. and Vietnamese investigators in 1993 about an American Marine the Viet Cong had shot near the river. The burial site was excavated in 1996.

Hodges’ A-4E Skyhawk was struck by an enemy surface-to-air missile near Hanoi on Oct. 7, 1967. Investigators used Vietnamese wartime documents and interviews with neighbors who live near the crash site to locate remains and aircraft wreckage in 1996.

Robinson’s A-1E Skyraider crashed in Saravane Province in Laos after it was hit by enemy ground fire on June 4, 1967. The Laotian government turned over remains in 1988, and an excavation a decade later yielded additional remains and personal equipment, the Pentagon account said.

Martin and James disappeared during a bombing mission over Cambodia on April 18, 1973, the Pentagon account said. Another pilot in the area reported fires and explosions after he lost radio contact with the pair’s F-4E Phantom. A 1998 excavation turned up remains and aircraft wreckage.

The Army’s Central Identification Laboratory identified the remains. Since American fighting units completed their pullout from Vietnam in 1973, remains of 520 military personnel listed as missing in action have been identified and returned to their families.

Still, 2,063 Americans remain unaccounted for from the war.

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