My condolances go out to the family Closure at last.
Isn't it amazing that they are doing this? I occasionally see such a piece
about a Soldier from WWII or the Korean War as well.
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
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
For additional information on the Defense Department's mission
to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO website athttp://www.dtic.mil/dpmo
or call 703-699-1169.
A. Jean Caramanna, APRN-BC
Assistant to Command Surgeon
Human Resources Command
1600 Spearhead Division Ave., Dept. 140
Fort Knox, KY 40122