UNDERWOOD, PAUL GERARD REMAINS RETURNED/IDENTIFIED 02/04/98
Name: Paul Gerard Underwood Rank/Branch: United States Air Force/O5/Pilot Unit: Date of Birth: 07 July 1927 Home City of Record: Hornell NY (Goldsboro NC according to obit) Date of Loss: 16 March 1966 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: Status (in 1973): Missing in Action Category: 2 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D Missions: Other Personnel in Incident:
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. Updated 11/2004.
Defense POW/MIA Weekly Update February 4, 1998
REMAINS OF U.S. SERVICEMEN FROM SOUTHEAST ASIA IDENTIFIED
The remains of two American servicemen previously unaccounted-for from Southeast Asia have been identified and will be returned to their families for burial in the United States.
They are identified as Col. Paul G. Underwood, of Goldsboro, N.C.; and Capt. Donald B. Bloodworth, of San Diego, Cal., both U.S. Air Force.
On March 16, 1966, Col. Underwood was leading a strike mission over Lai Chau Province, Vietnam. As he released his payload, he reported that his F-105 Thunderchief was on fire. Col. Underwood's wingman reported observing the F-105 crash but he saw no parachute.
In 1994 and 1995, joint U.S-Vietnamese search teams interviewed local villagers and investigated a suspected crash site believed to be that of Col. Underwood. In 1996, the crash site was excavated and human remains, pilot- related artifacts, and personal effects, including Col. Underwood's military identification tags were recovered. The remains were repatriated to the U.S. Army's Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii and identified as those belonging to Col. Underwood.
On July 24, 1970, Capt. Bloodworth and his pilot were flying an F-4D aircraft as escort on an armed, night reconnaissance mission over Laos. The pilot radioed that he had lost sight of the markers indicating the target location. That was the last contact received from the crew.
Joint U.S.-Lao teams investigated this incident twice in 1991 and 1993. In 1991, the teams surveyed the site, and in 1993, excavated a suspected crash site recovering aircraft wreckage and human remains. These remains were repatriated and subsequently identified as Capt. Bloodworth's. His crewmate is still unaccounted- for.
With the identification of these two servicemen, 2,097 Americans remain unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War.
Greensboro News & Record Thursday, November 11, 2004
WOMAN LEARNS LAST WORDS OF FATHER WHO DIED IN WAR ; LT. COL. PAUL UNDERWOOD DIED FIGHTING IN HIS THIRD WAR WHILE FLYING A MISSION IN VIETNAM.
Jim Schlosser Staff Writer
Thirty-two years after her father's death, Kathy Underwood White learned his final words before his fighter jet caught fire after being hit by enemy fire. She can't prove it, but knowing her father, she's pretty certain those last words included his favorite expletive.
"That was him," White says, not with embarrassment but with pride......