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May 19, 2004

Never (EVER) Forget: Missing Vietnam War Serviceman ID'd

A serviceman missing in action from the Vietnam War has been identified and returned to his family for burial. He is Air Force Col. Lester E. Holmes of Plainfield, Iowa. On May 22, 1967, Holmes was flying a forward air control mission over Quang Binh Province, North Vietnam, when his 0-1E “Bird Dog” aircraft was struck by enemy fire. Another forward air controller in the area saw Holmes’ aircraft spiral toward the ground, but there were no emergency radio beacons picked up for the next several days. Enemy activity in the area prevented a search and rescue operation.

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