REX, ROBERT ALAN Remains Returned Name: Robert Alan Rex Rank/Branch: O2/United States Air Force Unit: Date of Birth: 17 February 1942 Home City of Record: Randolph UT Date of Loss: 08 December 1968 Country of Loss: Laos Loss Coordinates: Status (in 1973): Category: 3 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: Incident # 1336 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. REMARKS: Defense POW/MIA Weekly Update July 26, 1996 MIA SERVICEMAN RETURNS HOME The remains of an American serviceman previously unaccounted-for from Southeast Asia were returned from Hickam AFB, Hawaii to the USAF mortuary, Travis AFB, Calif. on July 10, 1996. The remains were identified as Captain Robert A. Rex, USAF, of Randolph, Utah. On December 8, 1968, Rex was the pilot of an F-105D Thunderchief in a flight of four aircraft which departed Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base on a strike mission over Laos. The Forward Air Controller operating in the target area observed him roll in on his target in a 60-degree dive. There did not appear to be any attempt by Rex to recover from the dive or to deliver his ordnance. The FAC reported that the canopy of the F-105D was still in place when the aircraft crashed and exploded. Rescue aircraft in the area received no beeper signals from the area of the crash site. Hostile threats in the area prevented any ground inspections of the crash site. On two subsequent joint investigations in 1994, U. S. and Lao teams surveyed and excavated the crash site where crew-related items and remains were recovered. The identification of the remains by the Central Identification Laboratory, Hawaii, was made through standard forensic methods, and was confirmed through the use of mitochondrial DNA testing.