WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The remains of a Minnesota serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
Navy Lt. William E. Swanson of Zimmerman was just 27-years old when he piloted an A-1H Skyraider aircraft that crashed while on an armed reconnaissance mission over Khammouan Province, Laos on April 11, 1965.
The Department of Defense says Americans in the area reported seeing Swanson's aircraft being struck by enemy fire and no parachute was deployed prior to the crash. Recovery efforts were not possible due to enemy presence in the days following the crash.
In October 2000, a joint U.S./Lao People's Democratic Republic team discovered the crash site with help from local villagers. It wasn't until 2010 that a recovery team finished excavation and recovered human remains.
Scientists have now been able to identify the remains as Swansons.
Lt. Swanson will be buried June 11, at Fort Snelling in Minneapolis.
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