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Stras
12-07-2012, 17:46
Welcome Home Brother!!!

The other soldier mentioned below received the CMoH for his actions.

Soldier Missing from Vietnam War Identified


The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Army Sgt. John R. Jones, of Louisville, Ky., will be buried Dec. 6, in Arlington National Cemetery. On June 4, 1971, Jones was part of a U.S. team working with indigenous commandos to defend a radio-relay base, known as Hickory Hill, in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. When enemy forces attacked the site, Jones and another serviceman took up a defensive position in a nearby bunker. The following morning, Jones was reportedly killed by enemy fire and the other soldier was captured and held as a POW until 1973.

From 1993 to 2010, joint U.S.-Socialist Republic of Vietnam (S.R.V.) teams, led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), conducted several investigations, surveyed the site and interviewed multiple witnesses, including those involved in the battle. During that time, analysts from JPAC and DPMO evaluated wartime records and eyewitness accounts to determine possible excavation sites. In 2011, another joint U.S.-S.R.V team located human remains in a bunker suspected to be the last known location of Jones.

For the identification of the remains, scientists from JPAC and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL) used circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools, such as dental records and mitochondrial DNA that matched Jones’ mother and brother.

Since 1973 more than 900 servicemen have been accounted for from the Vietnam War, and returned to their families for burial with military honors. The U.S. government continues to work closely with the governments of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia to recover all Americans lost in the conflict.

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

Susa
12-07-2012, 18:00
Welcome home Sgt. Jones. May you finally Rest In Peace.

twistedsquid
12-07-2012, 18:08
welcome home...rest in peace

Richard
12-07-2012, 18:25
RIP, SGT Jones.

The photos show the "Hickory" radio relay site (Hill 950 adjacent to the old Khe Sahn combat base) in 1971 before and after the attack, and SGT Jones relaxing atop Hickory.

JJ_BPK
12-07-2012, 18:40
RIP Warrior,, Vaya con Dios..

PRB
12-07-2012, 18:55
Jon was 'the heat' that day.
RIP soldier

cbtengr
12-07-2012, 19:08
Welcome Home and may you rest in peace.

Gypsy
12-07-2012, 20:56
Rest in Peace SGT Jones...Welcome Home.

Agoge2
12-07-2012, 21:35
Welcome home Sgt. Jones! You have been missed.

The Reaper
12-07-2012, 21:37
That battle was where Jon Cavaiani earned the MoH.

RIP, SGT Jones.

Thank you for your service, and your sacrifice.

TR

Joker
12-07-2012, 21:41
Welcome home Brother and now you can Rest in Peace.
DOL

BKKMAN
12-07-2012, 21:57
Welcome home SGT Jones and RIP

DIYPatriot
12-07-2012, 22:03
RIP Sgt. Jones. May you finally rest in peace

MR2
12-08-2012, 06:39
Home at last, home at last. RiP Sgt Jones.

SF_BHT
12-08-2012, 08:17
Welcome Home Brother!!!!!!

Rest in Peace.....

Destrier
12-08-2012, 08:30
Welcome Home.

SPEC4
12-08-2012, 09:15
Thank You for your sacrifice, see you at the team room in the hereafter.

mark46th
12-08-2012, 10:17
Welcome home, Sgt Jones. Rest In Peace.

Beef
12-10-2012, 09:07
Welcome back, Sgt. Jones! Home among comrades at last!! Thanks for posting this, Stras. Things like this rarely make the mainstream media. It is also encouraging that the Vietnamese are cooperating so well (as best I can tell) on this. There are so many more....

HOLLiS
12-10-2012, 10:54
Welcome home Brother.

"Home is the hunter from the hill:
Fast in the boundless snare
All flesh lies taken at his will
And every fowl of air.

'Tis evening on the moorland free,
The starlit wave is still:
Home is the sailor from the sea,
The hunter from the hill."

Greyshade2
12-13-2012, 09:53
R.i.P. Sgt., welcome home.

tom kelly
12-14-2012, 09:41
Welcome home SGT & rest in peace...TK