Remains Identified November 2015

Name: Donald David Stewart
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/E5
Date of Birth: 22 January 1937
Home City of Record: COATS NC
Date of Loss: 11 December 1965
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 124855 North  1091028 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: C123K

Other Personnel in Incident: Robert Hosrsky, George McKnight, Mercedes
Salinas,  all remains returned, mass grave.

Refno: 0209

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File. Updated 2016


ARVN found remains buried in a mass grave, no ID's



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Posted: Monday, August 24, 2015 11:48 am | Updated: 12:26 pm, Mon Aug 24, 2015.

By Chick Jacobs Staff writer

That nagging doubt deep in Wandra Raynor's soul told her to keep looking.

Even after military authorities assured her that everything possible had been done to find her husband. Even after an official burial at Arlington National Cemetery.

Even after they officially closed the case, forcing Raynor and her daughter, Dona Stewart, to travel to Vietnam themselves in search of an answer.

"All I ever wanted was an answer," said Raynor, her eyes misting as the weight of a half-century of searching flooded up once again.

"I just wanted to know where Don was."

Earlier this month, the retired teacher from Angier got an answer. Extensive DNA comparison identified her husband's remains from a 1965 plane crash in the hill country of Vietnam.

Staff Sgt. Don Stewart - Harnett County's first combat casualty in Vietnam, according to county officials - was ready to come home.... NOV 9, 2015
The remains of Staff Sgt. Donald Stewart, a fallen soldier who died on December 11, 1965 while serving in Vietnam, return home to RDU Airport on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. He was received by family and friends as well as a military honor guard. The veteran, his widow and daughter were welcomed and escorted by a motorcycle honor guard. Chris Seward

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By Wyatt Olson
Stars and Stripes
Published: November 13, 2015


...“We didn’t hear a word for 14 years, and then in 1979, they called me from Randolph Air Force Base in Texas — about 10 o’clock at night — and told me that my husband’s remains had surfaced and we had to have a service in Arlington,” said Wandra Raynor, who was pregnant with their first daughter when Stewart, 28, went missing.

The grave was to hold the remains of Stewart and the other three Americans who died in the crash, she said she was told. When Raynor pressed the caller about the remains, she said she was told they consisted of “two pieces of a leg bone and a jaw bone.”

“I kept thinking, that doesn’t make up four people,” Raynor said. “It couldn’t be but three at the most. Or one or two.”

Raynor and her daughter, Dona Stewart, went to the Arlington ceremony and then moved on with their lives. Still, uncertainty nagged at them....