EVERT, LAWRENCE GERALD Remains Identified 02/08/02 see below.
Name: Lawrence Gerald Evert Rank/Branch: O3/US Air Force Unit: Date of Birth: 15 March 1938 Home City of Record: Cody WY Date of Loss: 08 November 1967 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 211500N 1054100E (WJ721508) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 2 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: F105 Refno: 0897 Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 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 2002.
SYNOPSIS: The F105 Thunderchief (or "Thud") performed yoeman service on many diversified missions in Southeast Asia. F105s flew more combat missions over North Vietnam than any other USAF aircraft and consequently suffered the heaviest losses in action. They dropped bombs by day and occasionally by night from high or low altitude and some later versions (F105D in Wild Weasel guise) attacked SAM sites with their radar tracking air-to-ground missiles. This versatile aircraft was also credited with downing 25 Russian MiGs.
Capt. Lawrence G. Evert was the pilot of an F105 aircraft assigned a combat mission over North Vietnam on November 8, 1967. As his aircraft was just northwest of the city of Lang Tao (about 50 miles north of Hanoi), it was hit by enemy fire and crashed. It was not determined if Evert survived. He was declared Missing In Action, and the U.S. believes there is a good chance that the enemy forces knew his fate.
Lawrence G. Evert was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel during the period he was maintained missing.
Wednesday, November 15 6:21 AM SGT
Clinton to pay homage to war dead at 1967 crash site near Hanoi
WASHINGTON, Nov 15 (AFP) -
Air Force Captain Lawrence Evert was attacking a railroad bridge northwest of Hanoi November 8, 1967, when his F-105 Thunderchief was hit by anti-aircraft fire.
Sons of Downed Pilot Share Emotions
By WALTER R. MEARS .c The Associated Press
TIEN CHAU, Vietnam (AP) - By a rice paddy where their father was shot down and killed during the Vietnam War 33 years ago, the sons of pilot Lawrence G. Evert watched as Vietnamese workers dug and sifted through mud in hopes of finding his remains.....
========================= Christian Science Monitor Friday, November 17, 2000
MIA relatives come in search of 'healing'
Ilene R. Prusher
Just over 33 years ago, a young Air Force pilot from Cody, Wyo., swooped down somewhere near this village 17 miles west of Hanoi in attempt to bomb his target: a railway bridge used to carry cargo from China and the USSR.....
Remains returned a year after family learns about father's fate in Vietnam War
By JANIS L. MAGIN The Associated Press
10/6/01 4:39 AM
HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii (AP) -- A military official turned up at Danny Evert's home in Arizona last fall with a request: Would the family mind if then-President Clinton visited the site where his father, Capt. Lawrence Evert, crashed in Vietnam? .....
========================================== 02/08/02 National League of Familie Update
AMERICAN ACCOUNTED FOR: According to the Department of Defense, there are now 1,945 Americans still missing and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War. The remains of LtCol Lawrence G. Evert, USAF, from Wyoming, missing since November 8, 1967, were jointly recovered during successive field operations beginning February 9, 2000. The remains of LT Gene R. Gollahon, USN, from Ohio, missing since August 13, 1965, were jointly recovered April 26, 2000. In addition, one Air Force officer, previously missing in North Vietnam, was accounted for through identification of remains recovered during several field operations beginning in 1997. No public announcement has yet been made, though it is hoped that will soon occur. Of the total unaccounted for, 1,466 are in Vietnam, 411 in Laos, 60 in Cambodia and 8 in the territorial waters of the PRC. Over 90% of all Vietnam War missing were lost in Vietnam or areas under its wartime control.
The Honolulu Advertiser.com Tuesday, July 2, 2002
Sons close book on mystery of father lost at war
By William Cole Advertiser Military Writer
HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE - When he was 5, David Evert watched his father get on a TWA flight in Phoenix and leave for the war in Vietnam....
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MIA story has ending -- 35 years later
Local woman's brother's plane was shot down in Vietnam War
Wed, July 17, 2002
By ANTONE CLARK Standard-Examiner correspondent
SYRACUSE -- A Syracuse woman who has had almost 35 years to find closure in regard to her older brother"s fate was unprepared when finality came to the odyssey last week.....