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Remains of missing Vietnam war pilot from Texas identified

October 4, 2018

This undated photo provided by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency shows Charles B. Goodwin, of Haskell, Texas. Goodwin was accounted for on May 18, 2017 and will be buried Oct. 12 in Abilene, Texas. The remains of the Navy pilot from West Texas will be returned to his family more than 50 years after he and his jet disappeared during a Vietnam War combat mission. (Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency via AP)

ABILENE, Texas (AP) — The remains of a Navy pilot from West Texas will be returned to his family more than 50 years after he and his jet disappeared during a Vietnam War combat photo mission.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency on Thursday announced identification of Navy Reserve Cmdr. Charles B. Goodwin of Haskell, Texas. Burial will be Oct. 12 in Abilene.

Officials say Goodwin was 25 years old on Sept. 8, 1965, when he flew an RF-8A off the USS Coral Sea. Goodwin minutes later reported being in thunderstorms. That was his last transmission.

Searches turned up nothing.

A Vietnamese refugee in 1988 provided information on possible remains. Officials in late 2016 received remains that had been with a Vietnamese national.

Lab tests identified Goodwin. He was accounted for in May 2017.

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