HAMILTON, EUGENE DAVID Remains Identified - see text
Name: Eugene David Hamilton Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O3 Unit: Date of Birth: 18 December 1934 Home City of Record: PEPPERALL AL Date of Loss: 31 January 1966 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 183000 North 1054900 East Status (in 1973): Presumptive Finding of Death Category: 2 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D #0210 Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: Refno: 0243
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action Combat Casualty File.
No further information available at this time.
----------------- National League of Families POW/MIA UPDATE: November 17, 2005
AMERICAN ACCOUNTED FOR: Initially listed as MIA on January 31, 1966, Captain Eugene D. Hamilton, USAF, of Alabama, the remains of this officer were repatriated March 4, 2005 and identified October 10th. There are now 1,814 Americans listed by the Defense Department as missing and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War - 1,380 in Vietnam, 372 in Laos, 55 in Cambodia and 7 in PRC territorial waters. Though others have been identified and not yet announced, over 90% of these US personnel were lost in Vietnam or in areas of Laos and Cambodia controlled by Vietnam.
No. 094-06 February 3, 2006 Air Force Officer MIA from Vietnam War is Identified
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) 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.
He is Col. Eugene D. Hamilton of Opelika, Ala. Final arrangements for his funeral have not been set.
On Jan. 31, 1966, Hamilton was flying an armed reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam when his F-105D `Thunderchief' was hit by enemy ground fire over Ha Tinh province. His mission was part of a larger operation, known as Operation Rolling Thunder, which attacked air defense systems and the flow of supplies along the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
Airborne searches for his crash site that day were unsuccessful. A radio broadcast from Hanoi reported an F-105 had been shot down but did not provide any details.
Between July 1993 and November 2000, joint U.S.-Vietnam teams, led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), conducted four investigations and one excavation searching for the pilot and his plane.
An investigation team in March 2000 learned from a Vietnamese villager that an area excavated in 1997 was not the location of the pilot's burial. A second location was then excavated in August and September 2000, which did yield aircraft wreckage, personal effects and human remains.
In 2004, three Vietnamese citizens turned over to a JPAC team remains they had found at the same crash site a year earlier.
In late May 2005, the JPAC team recovered fragments of possible human remains and life support equipment from the 2000 crash site. Personal effects found there also included a leather nametag with the name "HAMILTON" partially visible on it.
JPAC scientists and Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory specialists used mitochondrial DNA as one of the forensic tools to help identify the remains. Laboratory analysis of dental remains also confirmed his identity.
Of those Americans unaccounted-for from all conflicts, 1,807 are from the Vietnam War, with 1,382 of those within the country of Vietnam. Another 839 Americans have been accounted-for in Southeast Asia since the end of the war, with 599 from Vietnam.
For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO website at http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo or call (703) 699-1169.
From: Gaskin William MSGT CRTC MAF <William.Gaskin@gacrtc.ang.af.mil> Subject: LOVELETTERS - Col. Eugene D. Hamilton Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2006 12:38:13 -0400
Welcome Home, Sir. We've been waiting for you. I hope to be among the Patriot Guard members who will be honored to give you your hero's welcome. Your mission is finally complete. Well done, Sir.