Airman Missing From Vietnam War Identified (Thomas)
March 7, 2017 —
U.S. Air Force Reserve Capt. Daniel W. Thomas, missing from
the Vietnam War, has now been accounted for.
On July 6, 1971, Thomas was the pilot of an OV-10A aircraft
with one other crewmember flying over central Laos in support of an
eight man Special Forces reconnaissance team. When the aircraft
arrived in the area, the weather was bad, however it was determined
that this would not affect the aircraft’s mission. Approximately
thirty minutes after the last radio transmission from the OV-10A
aircraft the ground team heard an impact or explosion to their
northeast, but could not determine the distance to the explosion.
Extensive search efforts failed to locate the crash site.
After multiple negative attempts to investigate the crash
site, in April 2014 a Vietnamese witness provided a photograph of an
ID tag associated with one of the two crewmembers. In August 2014,
possible human remains were approved for repatriation and
accessioned. DPAA analysis of aircraft wreckage and life support
items indicated both aircrew members were in the aircraft at the
time of impact. Additionally, through research, analysis, and DNA
testing, the DPAA Laboratory identified the second crewmember, Maj.
Donald Carr, in August 2015.
On April 12, 2016, the DPAA lab received dental remains, ID
tag, and other material evidence from the Vietnamese Office for
Seeking Missing Persons. Laboratory analysis of this evidence, as
well as circumstantial evidence were used in the identification of
Interment services are pending.
|NATIONAL LEAGUE OF FAMILIES OF AMERICAN PRISONERS AND
MISSING IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
UPDATE: April 1, 2017
AMERICANS RECENTLY ACCOUNTED FOR:
On March 28th, DPAA Statistics listed
three USMC personnel as recently accounted for:
Captain John A. House of
NY, Cpl Glyn L. Runnels, Jr.,
of AL, and LCpl John D. Killen, II,
of IA. All were listed as KIABNR on June
30, 1967, in South Vietnam.
Their remains were recovered in June, 2012, and identification was
authorized on December 22, 2015.
DPAA has not yet published the formal
announcement with interment plans. On March 7th, DPAA released an
announcement that Captain
Daniel W. Thomas, USAFR, listed as MIA on
July 6, 1971 in South Vietnam,
had been accounted for.
Remains were recovered by a
Recovery Team (URT) in August, 2014, and identified in August, 2015, as
those of Major Donald G.
the other person in the OV-10A piloted by Capt Thomas. Subsequent
recovery efforts by the URT and repatriation of additional remains
material in April, 2016, brought the more recent ID of Capt Thomas.
DPAA also listed on its website, under Statistics, the accounting
Colonel William E. Campbell, USAF,
listed as MIA in Laos January 29,
1969. His remains were recovered April 17, 2014, identified
2016, and his name was placed on the DPAA website as accounted for on
March 3rd. On February 22nd, DPAA announced
the ID of
Capt Robert R. Barnett, USAF,
listed as KIA/BNR on April 7, 1966 while piloting a B-57B over Laos. His
remains were recovered
June 18, 2015 and identified August 16, 2016.
Earlier this year, a Marine Corps Reserve officer,
1st Lt William C. Ryan,
was the first
person since June of 2016 announced as accounted for from
the Vietnam War. 1st Lt Ryan was listed KIA/BNR in Laos on May 11, 1969.
His remains were recovered January 27, 2016, and identified December 7,
Funeral Announcement For Soldier Killed During The
Vietnam War (Carr, D.)
Release No: 18-057 May 7, 2018
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today
that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, recently
accounted for from the Vietnam War, are being returned
to his family for burial with full military honors.
Army Maj. Donald G. Carr, 32, of San Antonio, accounted
for on Aug. 19, 2015, will be buried May 11, at San
Antonio National Cemetery. On July 6, 1971, Carr was
assigned to the Mobile Launch Team 3, 5th Special Forces
Group, as an observer in an OV-10A aircraft that
supported an eight-man Special Forces reconnaissance
team. During his mission, his aircraft encountered bad
weather. Shortly afterward, the ground team heard an
explosion to their northeast, which they believed to be
that of an OV-10A. They failed to locate the crash site,
however, and Carr was declared missing in action.
Between September 1991 and March 2014, joint U.S./Lao
Peoples’ Democratic Republic teams conducted more than
25 investigations and site surveys, but could not locate
In April 2014, a Vietnamese citizen contacted American
officials, claiming to know about possible American
remains in Kon Tum Province, Vietnam. Wreckage, photos,
personal effects, and remains were located and
transferred to DPAA, and later identified as Carr’s.
To identify Carr’s remains, scientists from DPAA and the
Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used circumstantial
evidence and DNA analysis, including mitochondrial DNA.
The support from the government and the people of
Vietnam was vital to the success of this recovery.
Today there are 1,598 American servicemen and civilians
still unaccounted for from the Vietnam War. Carr’s name
is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National
Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with
others unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War. A rosette
will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been
For additional information on the Defense Department's
mission to account for Americans who went missing while
serving our country, visit the DPAA website at
www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at
www.facebook.com/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420/1169.