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Air Force Pilot MIA From Vietnam War is Identified

The Department of Defense announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Air Force Maj. Curtis Daniel Miller of Palacios, Texas, will be buried on March 29 in the Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery. Miller was part of a 14-man aircrew, all of which are now accounted-for. Remains that could not be individually identified are included in a group that will be buried together in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

On March 29, 1972, 14 men were aboard an AC-130A Spectre gunship that took off from Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, on an armed reconnaissance mission over southern Laos. The aircraft was struck by an enemy surface-to-air missile and crashed. Search and rescue efforts were stopped after a few days due to heavy enemy activity in the area.

In 1986, joint U.S.- Lao People's Democratic Republic teams, lead by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), surveyed and excavated the crash site in Savannakhet Province, Laos. The team recovered human remains and other evidence including two identification tags, life support items and aircraft wreckage. From 1986 to 1988, the remains were identified as those of nine men from this crew.

Between 2005 and 2006, joint teams resurveyed the crash site and excavated it twice. The teams found more human remains, personal effects and crew-related equipment. As a result, JPAC identified the other crewmen using forensic identification tools, circumstantial evidence, mitochondrial DNA and dental comparisons.

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Got this from Spectre Assn web page.

Memorial and burial of the remains of Capt Curtis D Miller, Co-Pilot of AC 044 on the 29th of March at 2 PM at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery near the old Dallas NAS. The Wife is also having a gathering at the Biggers Funeral Home in Lakeworth TX on Mar 28 between 2 & 4 PM.


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Major Curtis Daniel Miller, 16th SOS Ubon, was shot down on 29 Mar. 1972, in a Spectre Gunship, over Southern Laos.

His funeral, with full military honors plus a USAF fly-by, is scheduled at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, Monday, 29 Mar. 2010, the anniversary of his death.

Below is an article about Maj. Miller from the Star-Telegram.


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