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Army Soldiers MIA from Vietnam War are Identified (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Jul, 21 2005 @ 11:13 PM
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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posted on Jul, 22 2005 @ 12:07 AM
We're lucky enough to have the id lab out here, so all the soldiers come home through us. There's always a very nice ceremony when they arrive, then they take them to the lab.

posted on Jul, 22 2005 @ 03:20 AM
I have to agree that the media just isn't covering some of the most important stories of our time. It is a shame that this isn't top news. I am sure that for the families of these soldiers it is THE MOST IMPORTANT STORY OF THEIR LIVES.

posted on Jul, 22 2005 @ 04:11 PM
As a Viet Nam vet, myself, I was happy and sad, all at the same time; happy that these brave men are finally home and sad that they had to pay the ultimate price for freedom, for a country that couldn't care less.

Usually, I am very proud to be an American; not today. The saddest part of all is that there are still POW/MIA who haven't been accounted for yet. Let's not forget them. They deserve at least a thought once in a while from the people they thought they were fighting for.

posted on Jul, 22 2005 @ 04:37 PM
This is good news, but not major. It's been constantly going on since the early 90s. I was involved in some recovery efforts through the DoD in '94. The location we worked at was extremely remote. MIA recovery in 'Nam is a painstaking process and it gets more difficult each year as peoples' memories fade and locations are developed or changed by environment.

posted on Jul, 5 2008 @ 07:57 PM
I wore the POW ID Bracelet for a young soldier named raymond E Bobe who was missing for 36 years. As my sosn grew here safe at home they realized the connection to his spirit and we all prayed every night that he would be returned. On the day of his funeral in 2005 as he was buried with full military honors in Kentucky my sons and I prayed a prayer of thnaksgiving that our "Ray" was finally home and at rest in our land. We never gave up hope and never forget to give thanks for what he and all who served in Vietnam gave for us

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