Remains of USAF pilot missing since 1986 identified - New York News

Remains of USAF pilot missing since 1986 identified

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The remains of an Air Force aviator from Connecticut who went missing during the Vietnam War have been identified and will be buried with full military honors, the Pentagon announced.

Col. Francis J. McGouldrick Jr., of New Haven, was on a strike missing over Laos on December 13, 1968, when his B-57E collided with another plane and he was never seen from again, the military said. He was listed as missing in action until 1978 when the military changed his status to presumed killed in action.

Between 1993 and 2004, teams from the United States and Laos tried to find a crash site but weren't successful. Then in 2007, a team found a possible crash site. In late 2011 and early 2012, teams excavated the site three times and found human remains and aircraft wreckage, the Pentagon said.

Using DNA and other evidence, the military determined that the remains are indeed McGouldrick. He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on December 13, 2013, the 45th anniversary of his disappearance.

More than 1,600 American service members are still unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War.

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