Sunday, August 5, 2007

U.S. Airmen Coming Home from Vietnam

The remains of two U.S. airmen serving in the Vietnam War, have been identified and are coming home to their families.

Lt. Col. James H. Ayres, of Pampa, Texas, and Lt. Col. Charles W. Stratton

, of Dallas, Texas, will be receiving the full military burial they rightly earned & deserve.

From Conservative Voice --

On Jan. 3, 1971, these men crewed an F-4E Phantom II aircraft departing Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base on a nighttime strike mission of enemy targets in Savannakhet Province, Laos.

Shortly after Ayres initiated a target run, the crew of other aircraft in the flight observed a large explosion. No one witnessed an ejection or heard beeper signals, and communication was lost with the aircraft. Hostile activity in the area prevented search and rescue attempts.

In 2001, a joint U.S./Lao People's Democratic Republic (L.P.D.R.) team, led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), traveled to Savannakhet Province and interviewed Laotian citizens about their knowledge of aircraft crash sites. More....

You have continued to serve our country in spirit for many years. Your mission is complete, you are home, you can rest. You have paid the ultimate price, thank you for serving our country proudly!

Your brothers have not forgotten you, and they will continue to search until all of you are home!

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