SIZEMORE, JAMES ELMO
Maj. James E. Sizemore, U.S. Air Force Reserve, was lost on July 8, 1969, near Xiangkhoang Province, Laos. He was accounted for on April 9, 2013 .
TA-646 Sizemore aircraft when shot down
Name: James Elmo Sizemore Rank/Branch: O4/US Air Force Unit: 609th Special Operations Squadron Date of Birth: 11 October 1930 Home City of Record: San Diego CA Date of Loss: 08 July 1969 Country of Loss: Laos Loss Coordinates: 191643N 1030913E (YG060325) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 2 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A26A Refno: 1464 Other Personnel in Incident: Howard V. Andre (missing) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 October 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 2013. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: The Douglas A26 was a twin-engine attack bomber with World War II service. In Vietnam, it served the French in the 1950's and also the U.S. in the early years of American involvement in Southeast Asia. In 1966, eight A26's were deployed to Nakhon Phanom to perform hunter-killer missions against truck convoys in southern Laos. Maj. James E. Sizemore and Maj. Howard V. Andre Jr. comprised an A26 team stationed at Nakhon Phanom, assigned a mission over the Plain of Jars region of Xiangkhoang Province, Laos on July 8, 1969. Sizemore was the pilot and Andre the navigator on the flight. When the aircraft was about 12 miles south of the city of Ban Na Mai, it was downed by hostile fire. A ground team subsequently furnished unspecified information that Sizemore and Andre could not have survived. Both were classified Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered. Sizemore and Andre are listed among the missing because their bodies were not recovered. The presence of enemy troops in this area makes it highly likely that the Lao have information they could provide about their fates. In 1973, the prisoners of war held in Vietnam were released. Laos was not part of the Paris agreement which ended American involvement in Indochina and no prisoners held by the Lao were ever released. Nearly 600 Americans were left behind, abandoned by the country they proudly served. In 1975, refugees fled Southeast Asia and brought with them stories of Americans prisoner, missing and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia. The reports continued to flow in as the years passed. By 1990, over 10,000 reports had been received. Some sources have passed multiple polygraph tests, but the U.S. Government still insists that proof is not available. Meanwhile, the Lao voice dismay about the large numbers of their people that were killed and the fact that much of their once beautiful homeland now is cratered like the moon from bombs dropped by American planes. They seem to want acknowledgement that, in bombing enemy sanctuaries in Laos, we also did great harm to the Lao people. We are haunted by the secret war we conducted in Laos through the lives of the Americans we left behind. Some of them are still alive. What must they be thinking of us?
Contact: Rear Adm. Bill Sizemore, USN (ret.)
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Washington, DC August 14, 2013: A flyover of military aircraft flown by private citizens will occur over Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA on September 23, 2013 at approximately 12:00pm in honor of the interment of the recently recovered remains of USAF Majors James Elmo Sizemore and Howard Andre who were both killed in action in Laos, Southeast Asia in 1969.
Warrior Flight Team along with their affiliate Warrior Aviation, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships in aviation related fields to wounded serviceman from Iraq and Afghanistan wars, has committed to perform the flyover at their own expense after the proper waivers, flight plans, and clearances have been obtained from the Department of Homeland Security, Secret Service and Federal Aviation Administration. The USAF declined to support the flyover mission due to funding shortfalls as a result of the sequestration.
The flyover itself will consist of four tactical jet aircraft and four historical war bird aircraft including the type Majors Sizemore and Andre were shot down in. All participating aircraft and their respective pilots (all veterans themselves) have been donated by their owners.
Majors Sizemore and Andre’s aircraft was shot down by enemy fire on 8 July 1969. They were initially listed as Missing- in- Action and later reclassified as Killed-in-Action. Their crash site was located and excavated in 2012 and their remains were recovered and positively identified in 2013.
Airmen From Vietnam War Identified
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of Air Force pilots Maj. James E. Sizemore of Lawrenceville, Ill., and Maj. Howard V. Andre Jr., of Memphis, Tenn., have been identified and will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors on Sept. 23 at Arlington National Cemetery.
On July 8, 1969, Sizemore and Andre were on a night armed reconnaissance mission when their A-26A Invader aircraft crashed in Xiangkhoang Province, Laos. Both men died in the crash but their remains were unaccounted for until April 2013.
In 1993, a joint U.S./Lao People's Democratic Republic team investigated an aircraft crash site in Laos. They recovered aircraft wreckage from an A-26. The team was not able to conduct a complete excavation of the site at that time.
Twice in 2010, joint U.S./Lao People's Democratic Republic teams conducted excavations of the crash site recovering human remains, aircraft wreckage, personal effects and military equipment associated with Sizemore and Andre.
In the identification of the remains, scientists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) used circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools, such as dental comparison � which matched Sizemore's records.
There are more than 1,640 American service members that are still unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War.
For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to
account for missing Americans, call 703-699-1169 or visit the DPMO