WASHINGTON-- Six U.S. airmen missing from a combat mission over southern Laos during the Vietnam War will be buried Monday after their remains were located and identified following a 17-year investigation.
The Defense Department said Thursday the six will be buried in a single casket at Arlington National Cemetery. Their AC-47D aircraft went down Dec. 24, 1965, after sending a mayday signal.
A U.S.-Lao team located the crash site in 1995, and investigators searched the area four times between 1999 and 2001 but found no human remains.
The search resumed in 2010 and 2011, when remains were located. They were identified using dental records and other evidence.
More than 300 American personnel are missing from Laos, where the U.S. bombarded supply lines of communist guerrillas fighting U.S. forces in neighboring Vietnam.