WOODS, LAWRENCE
Remains ID  27 Sept 2013

Name: Lawrence Woods
Rank/Branch: E6/US Army
Unit: 5th Special Forces
Date of Birth: 18 March 1925
Home City of Record: Clarksville TN
Date of Loss: 24 October 1964
Country of Loss: Cambodia
Loss Coordinates: 121914N 1071952E (YU535630)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: C123B
Refno: 0042
Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 September 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 2014.

REMARKS: AC SH/DWN - 7 REMS RECV N/SUBJ - J

SYNOPSIS: On October 24, 1964, Special Forces SSgt. Lawrence Woods was a
passenger on a Fairchild C123 "Provider" which departed Na Trang on an
aerial resupply mission near the border of South Vietnam and Cambodia.

The aircraft was hit by enemy fire and crashed. The aircraft itself was
completely destroyed by fire except for the tail section. No parachutes were
seen to leave the aircraft as it crashed. Subsequent searches of the crash
site resulted in the recovery or accounting of seven individuals onboard the
aircraft, but Woods was not found.

Lawrence Woods is listed among the missing because his remains were never
found. Others who are missing do not have such clear-cut cases. Some were
known captives; some were photographed as they were led by their guards.
Some were in radio contact with search teams, while others simply
disappeared.

Since the war ended, over 250,000 interviews have been conducted with those
who claim to know about Americans still alive in Southeast Asia, and several
million documents have been studied. U.S. Government experts cannot seem to
agree whether Americans are there alive or not. Detractors say it would be
far too politically difficult to bring the men they believe to be alive
home, and the U.S. is content to negotiate for remains.

Well over 1000 first-hand, eye-witness reports of American prisoners still
alive in Southeast Asia have been received by 1990. Most of them are still
classified. If, as the U.S. seems to believe, the men are all dead, why the
secrecy after so many years? If the men are alive, why are they not home?


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SSG Lawrence Woods, Headquarters, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces, 
US Army, was lost 24 October 1964 near the Cambodian border.  He was accounted 
for on 27 September 2013. He will be buried with full military honors in early 2014.


* Army Staff Sgt. Lawrence Woods, 39, of Clarksville, Tenn., will be buried as part of a group on March 21 2014 at Arlington National Cemetery in a ceremony honoring the servicemen who were lost in an aircraft crash on Oct. 24, 1964. Woods and seven other servicemen were aboard a C-123 Provider aircraft that was shot down after resupplying the U.S. Special Forces camp at Bu Prang, Vietnam. Seven remains were recovered, but they could not locate Woods.

 

Airman Missing From Vietnam War Accounted For

03/18/2014 05:47 PM CDT

 


IMMEDIATE RELEASE

No.. NR-133-14
March 18, 2014

 


Airman Missing From Vietnam War Accounted For

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing from the Vietnam War, were recently accounted for and will be buried in a group burial ceremony.

Army Staff Sgt. Lawrence Woods of Clarksville, Tenn., will be buried as part of group on March 21, at Arlington National Cemetery, in a ceremony honoring the servicemen who were lost in an aircraft crash on Oct. 24, 1964.

Woods and seven other service members were aboard a C-123 Provider aircraft that crashed when it was struck by enemy fire while resupplying the U.S. Special Forces camp at Bu Prang, Vietnam. Also on board the aircraft were Air Force service members Capt. Valmore W. Bourque, 1st Lt. Edward J. Krukowiski, 1st Lt. Robert G. Armstrong, Staff Sgt. Ernest J. Halvorson, Staff Sgt. Theodore B. Phillips, Airman 1st Class Eugene Richardson and Army Pfc. Charles P. Sparks. Shortly after the crash, U.S. forces arrived at the site and recovered remains of seven of the crew members, but they could not locate Woods. The remains for the seven crew members were individually identified and the men were laid to rest at that time.

In early 1997, a joint U.S./Kingdom of Cambodia team investigated the crash site and found it to be on the Vietnam side of the border. Subsequently, a joint U.S./Socialist Republic of Vietnam team surveyed the site in 1999, and confirmed that the wreckage correlated to a U.S. C-123 Provider aircraft.

In 2009-2010, U.S. and Vietnamese teams excavated the site and recovered human remains and additional evidence, including a metal identification tag from the aircraft's commander.

To identify those remains, scientists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command used forensic and circumstantial evidence, which allowed them to account for Woods.

Today there are 1,642 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 Web site at www.dtic.mil/dpmo.

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US soldier missing since 1964 buried with full military honors

Posted: Mar 23, 2014 7:52 PM CDT

Nearly 50 years after his plane was shot down during the Vietnam War in October 1964, the remains of a Tennessee soldier have been laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

The ceremony Friday honored crew members of a C-123 Provider aircraft that crashed after it was struck by enemy fire while resupplying the U.S. Special Forces camp at Bu Prang, Vietnam.

The service members include Army Staff Sgt. Lawrence Woods of Clarksville. His remains were recently identified after having been recovered several years ago by U.S. and Vietnamese teams.

The teams also recovered additional remains of six other crew members who were laid to rest shortly after the crash. Those remains were buried with Woods in a single casket....