WAGENER, DAVID RAYMOND REMAINS IDENTIFIED 04 SEPT 97
Name: David Raymond Wagener Rank/Branch: O3/US Air Force Unit: Date of Birth: 22 June 1939 Home City of Record: Ann Arbor MI Date of Loss: 20 October 1966 Country of Loss: Laos Loss Coordinates: 170858N 1054757E (WD840961) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 2 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A1E Refno: 0498 Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 September 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 1998.
SYNOPSIS: David R. Wagener was a star athlete at Saline High School and attended the University of Michigan before joining the Air Force. On October 20, 1966, at age 27, Capt. Wagener was sent on a combat mission over Laos in his A1E "Spad" aircraft.
The Skyraider is a highly maneuverable, propeller driven aircraft designed as a multipurpose attack bomber or utility aircraft. The E model generally carried two crewmen. The A1 was first used by the Air Force to equip the first Air Commando Group engaged in counterinsurgency operations in South Vietnam, and later used in a variety of roles, ranging from electronic intelligence gathering to antisubmarine warfare and rescue missions.
The precise nature of Wagener's mission is not clear, but his aircraft was shot 7down about 20 miles north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Quang Binh Province. Circumstances surrounding Wagener's loss indicated that he had been killed in the crash. There is no second crewman missing, so if there was one, he was rescued or recovered.
Disturbing testimony was given to Congress in 1980 that the Vietnamese "stockpiled" the remains of Americans to return at politically advantageous times. Could Wagener be waiting, in a casket, for just such a moment?
Even more disturbing are the nearly 10,000 reports received by the U.S. relating to Americans missing in Southeast Asia. Many authorities who have examined this information (largely classified), have reluctantly come to the conclusion that many Americans are still alive in Southeast Asia. Could Wagener be among these?
As long as even one American remains alive, held against his will, we must do everything possible to bring him home -- alive.