Recently accounted for Vietnam Veteran to get military burial in San Antonio on Friday

By On May 07, 2018

Recently accounted for Vietnam Veteran to get military burial in San Antonio on Friday

Recently accounted for Vietnam Veteran to get military burial in San Antonio on Friday

Courtesy: Department of Defense.

WASHINGTON D.C. - A recently accounted for U.S. serviceman from the Vietnam War is finally to receive the proper burial he deserves.

Army Maj. Donald G. Carr, 32, of San Antonio is set to be buried with full military honors on May 11 at San Antonio National Cemetery.

After years of trying to find his remains, a Vietnamese citizen contacted American officials in April 2014 claiming to know the whereabouts of American remains in Kon Tum Province in Vietnam.

Wreckage, photos, personal effects, and remains were located and transferred to DPAA, and later identified as Carr’s. To identify C arr’s remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used circumstantial evidence and DNA analysis, including mitochondrial DNA.

On July 6, 1971, Major Carr Carr was assigned to the Mobile Launch Team 3, 5th Special Forces Group, as an observer in an OV-10A aircraft that supported an eight-man Special Forces reconnaissance team. During his mission, his aircraft encountered bad weather. Shortly afterward, the ground team heard an explosion to their northeast, which they believed to be that of an OV-10A. They failed to locate the crash site, however, and Carr was declared missing in action.

Today there are 1,598 American servicemen and civilians still unaccounted for from the Vietnam War. Carr’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with others unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

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