COGDELL, WILLIAM K. Remains identified May 24, 1994 -- UPI reported "shot down over Laos in November 1967" Name: William K. Cogdell Rank/Branch: O2/USAF Unit: Date of Birth: 15 March 1938 Home City of Record: Greentown, IN Date of Loss: 17 January 1967 Country of Loss: Laos Loss Coordinates: Status (in 1973): Killed in Action/Body not Recovered Category: 2 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: T28D Refno: 0571 Other Personnel in Incident: None Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project and the P.O.W. NETWORK 2 April 1992 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: Captain Cogdell was the pilot of a T-28 aircraft on a search and rescue mission when he was reported missing in action. The T-28 was observed to receive heavy ground fire in the right wing, roll to the right, crash and burn. Evidence of death was received in the Department of the Air Force on Captain Cogdell on January 19, 1967. Since his remains have not been recovered and returned, he is listed by the Department of Defense as unaccounted for in Southeast Asia. In recent years, the numbers of remains returned from Vietnam and excavated in Laos has increased dramatically. Government strategists happily point to this as "progress" on the POW/MIA issue, although most of these remains are still unidentified. Indeed, many families, having had independent studies of the remains to assure accurate identification, now have answers to long-awaited concerns about their loved ones. However, when remains are positively identified, the U.S. Government closes the books and the search for that missing man ends. Can we afford to close the books on an American who may be alive waiting for his country to bring him home? How many will serve in the next war knowing they may be abandoned?