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Snaquebite
08-07-2007, 12:30
NEWS RELEASES from the United States Department of Defense

No. 970-07 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 06, 2007
Media Contact: (703) 697-5131/697-5132
Public/Industry(703) 428-0711

Soldiers MIA From Vietnam War Are Accounted For

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that group remains of five U.S. servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, will be returned to their families soon for burial with full military honors.

They are Chief Warrant Officer Dennis C. Hamilton, of Barnes City, Iowa; Chief Warrant Officer Sheldon D. Schultz, of Altoona, Pa.; Sgt. 1st Class Ernest F. Briggs Jr., of San Antonio, Texas; Sgt. 1st Class John T. Gallagher, of Hamden, Conn.; and Sgt. 1st Class James D. Williamson, of Olympia, Wash.; all U.S. Army.The group remains of this crew will be buried on Aug. 14 at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.Gallagher's remains were individually identified, and his burial date is being set by his family.

Representatives from the Army met with the next-of-kin of these men to explain the recovery and identification process, and to coordinate interment with military honors on behalf of the Secretary of the Army.

On Jan. 5, 1968, these men crewed a UH-1D helicopter that was inserting a patrol into Savannakhet Province, Laos.As the aircraft approached the landing zone, it was struck by enemy ground fire, causing it to nose over and crash.There were no survivors.All attempts to reach the site over the next several days were repulsed by enemy fire.

Between 1995 and 2006, numerous U.S./Lao People's Democratic Republic /Socialist Republic of Vietnam teams, all led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), conducted more than five investigations, including interviews with Vietnamese citizens who said they witnessed the crash.Between 2002 and 2006, JPAC led three excavations of the site, recovering remains and other material evidence including identification tags for Schultz, Hamilton and Briggs.

Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from JPAC also used dental comparisons in the identification of the remains.

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO Web site at http:// www.dtic.mil/dpmo or call (703) 699-1169.

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CPTAUSRET
08-07-2007, 12:37
It's been a long time.

Welcome home, Brothers!

Aoresteen
08-07-2007, 13:15
Rest in Peace Brothers. We have prayed for your return - now you are home.

I salute each one of you. You are not forgotten.

HOLLiS
08-07-2007, 14:47
Welcome home, Brothers. May you find the Peace you so richly deserve.

Shans84
08-07-2007, 15:48
RIP Soldiers welcome home

jbour13
08-07-2007, 16:30
Welcome Home Soldiers.

Never Forget

AmericanPride
08-07-2007, 17:31
Welcome home brothers, Rest in Peace.

Gypsy
08-07-2007, 18:49
Welcome Home, may you all Rest in Peace.

LibraryLady
08-07-2007, 19:03
Welcome Home

We missed you

Prayers out to your families and brothers in arms.

LL

Roycroft201
08-07-2007, 22:33
May you rest in peace. You were never forgotten.

Thanks and gratitude to those who worked diligently for your return to your loved ones.




RC201

Shar
08-07-2007, 23:12
Welcome home - RIP you've returned with honor.

I'm heartened to know that there really are those from our government who are actively searching and recovering these heroes.

ABN_FO
08-08-2007, 10:45
You are finally home brothers, Rest In Peace.

MAB32
08-15-2007, 11:09
Welcome home my friends and to the Green Green Grass of Home.