In a time of war and conflict such as this, I find it appalling that the media buries a story like this. I just found out about these mia servicemen
being returned home. I wanted to share this news with a proud heart, but had a difficult time finding a source. I was fortunate enough to find a link
to share. This story is about four Americans who have been mia for 36 years in Viet Nam. They have been found and identified as Lt. Col. Marvin L.
Foster, Hubbard, Tex., Capt. David R. Smith, Dayton, Ohio, Sgt. 1st Class Michael L. Batt, Defiance, Ohio and Sgt. 1st Class Raymond E. Bobe, Tarrant,
Ala. all U.S. Army. They are home with their families at last, and at peace.
On March 16, 1969, Capt. Smith was piloting an Army U-21A "Ute" aircraft with Foster, Batt, Bobe and one other passenger aboard whose remains have
not been identified. The aircraft left Qui Nhon airfield in South Vietnam, headed for Phu Bai airport near Hue. The Da Nang control tower briefly
established radar and radio contact, but was unable to maintain it. The aircraft never landed at the Phu Bai airport.
Combat search and rescue units scoured the area, both land and sea, for the next eight days, but did not find the missing aircraft.
In 1988 and 1989, the Vietnamese government turned over to U. S. specialists several boxes of human remains, including identification tags for Bobe
and Smith. The technology at the time failed to yield an identification of the remains. Also in 1989, a Vietnamese refugee in the Philippines was
interviewed, and turned over human remains as well as a rubbing of an identification tag for Bobe.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
I am happy 4 more soldiers are home. I am angry that the media doesn't deem it important enough to celebrate. I wonder if we don't want to remember
the past. When a friend posted the news, I was proud to read it and happy for their families. When I wanted to share the news, I was unable to find
coverage of it. Is this the future of our loved ones fighting today? Will we forget those we are so proud of today? These young men and women need our
support regardless of view on the politics.
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