Remains ID'd 2012. See below.

Name: Clyde William Campbell
Rank/Branch: O2/US Air Force
Date of Birth: 26 July 1944
Home City of Record: Longview TX
Date of Loss: 01 March 1969
Country of Loss: Laos
Loss Coordinates: 195841N 1932838E (UH404095)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A1J
Refno: 1395
Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 March 1990 with the assistance
of 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 2020.


SYNOPSIS: The Douglas A1 Skyraider ("Spad") is a highly maneuverable,
propeller-driven aircraft designed as a multipurpose attack bomber or
utility aircraft. The H and J models were single seat aircraft, whereas the
E model generally carried two crewmen. The A1 was first used by the Air
Force in its Tactical Air Command to equip the first Air Commando Group
engaged in counterinsurgency operations in South Vietnam, and later used the
aircraft as escort for rescue units.

The general procedure for a rescue escort entailed two A1 aircraft flying
directly to the search area to look for sign of the downed cewmen while two
other A1s escorted the rescue helicopter to the area. If it was necessary,
the A1s would attack enemy in the area with bombs, rockets and cannon fire
so that the helicopter could land.

1Lt. Clyde W. Campbell was the pilot of a J-model Spad on an operational
mission over Laos on March 1, 1969. His precise role on that day is unclear.
The mission took him in northern Xiangkhoang Province near the city of Na
Khang. This area was in Military Region II and on the northern edge of the
Plain of Jars region.

FAC (Forward Air Control) in Laos was conducted by RAVENS, who were
volunteers clandestinely stationed in Laos to support anti-communist efforts
in that country. These unconventional pilots were among the best the Air
Force had to offer, and saw more combat flying during a tour than any other
single group. FACs had to be intimately familiar with the terrain and
populous of their regions, and have an excellent handle on enemy activity as

Na Khang was the location of Lima Site 36. North Vietnamese forces had been
building towards an attack on Lima Site 85 (some 150 miles to the north) for
several weeks. Lima 85 was the northernmost site and was the base for radar
and radio equipment used to direct air traffic over North Vietnam. Lima 36,
the next base south, was used at this time for a staging area. Indigenous
troops were flown out of this site and aircraft could refuel here.

Lima 85 was overrun and taken later on March 18, 1969. Following the fall of
"the Rock", Lima Site 36 was taken. Enemy activity in Military Region II was
greatly increased during this time period, and U.S. aircraft were brought in
from neighboring Thailand in great numbers.

At a point about 10 miles west of Na Khang, Campbell's aircraft was shot
down. Others in the area reported that Campbell was dead, and the Air Force
listed him Killed in Action, Body Not Recovered.

Campbell is one of nearly 600 Americans who were lost in Laos. Campbell's
case seems clear--he was killed, and his body may never be recovered for
burial in his homeland. Others, however, have more complex cases. Because
the war in Laos was secret, the fates of Americans lost there are difficult
to determine. Many who were known to have been alive when last seen simply
disappeared. A handful who were confirmed prisoners were never returned,
although reports continue to be received on some of them to this day.

The Pathet Lao stated publicly during the war that they held "tens of tens"
of American prisoners, yet the U.S. did not negotiate for their freedom in
the peace agreements that ended U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia. There
has been no treaty to date that would bring these men to freedom.

Since the war ended, nearly 10,000 reports relating to Americans missing in
Southeast Asia have been received by the U.S. Government. Many authorities
have reluctantly concluded that there are hundreds of them who remain alive
today, held captive by a long-ago enemy.

While Clyde W. Campbell may not be among those thought to be still alive, it
is clear that we owe these men our very best efforts to bring them home.
What must they be thinking of the country they proudly served?

Air Force sergeant helps dig for remains of American pilot who crashed in Laos in 1969

By Schuyler Kropf

The Post and Courier

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Department of Defense/Provided

Master Sgt. Wesley Housel sifts through dirt while conducting a recovery mission in Houaphan Province in what is today the Lao People's Democratic Republic. Housel was a digger assigned to a 10-member recovery team on a 36-day deployment in an attempt to recover the remains of an American pilot lost during the Vietnam War......

Reach Schuyler Kropf at 937-5551, or


June 20, 2012

Airman Missing from Vietnam War Identified

            The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

            Air Force Capt. Clyde W. Campbell of Longview, Texas, will be buried June 21 at Arlington National Cemetery.  On March 1, 1969, Campbell was a pilot aboard an A-1J Skyraider aircraft that crashed while carrying out a close air-support mission in Houaphan Province, Laos.  American forward air controllers directing the mission in the area reported hearing an explosion that they believed to be Campbell's bombs, but later learned Campbell's aircraft had crashed.  No parachutes were seen in the area.

            In 1997, a joint United States - Lao People's Democratic Republic (L.P.D.R.) team investigated a crash site in Houaphan Province, Laos, within 330 feet of the last known location of Campbell.  In addition to human remains, the team located aircraft wreckage and military equipment, which correlated with Campbell's aircraft.

            From 2009 to 2010, additional joint U.S.-L.P.D.R. recovery teams investigated and excavated the crash site three times.  Teams recovered additional human remains, military equipment -- including an aircraft data plate -- and a .38-caliber pistol matching the serial number issued to Campbell.

            Scientists from the JPAC used circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools in the identification of Campbell.

            For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account for missing Americans, call 703-699-1420 or visit the DPMO website at .

East Texas MIA remains returned to family
"Anytime you seen that POW-MIA flag, that means that we've still got ... Smith will be at the service
to give something back to his friend: an MIA bracelet....