July 26, 2005
CORRECTED: Remains of pilots returning from Vietnam
Please read in 5th paragraph ...Baker will be buried in
Longview... instead of ...Baker will be burned in Longview...
A corrected story follows:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The remains of two U.S. Air Force
officers from Texas, missing for 40 years since their bomber
crashed in Laos during the Vietnam War, have been found and are
being returned to their families for burial, the Pentagon said
Col. James Lewis of Marshall, Texas, and Maj. Arthur Baker
of San Antonio were aboard one of four B-57B Canberra bombers
on April 7, 1965, when the plane went down in cloudy weather
during a mission over Xiangkhoang Province, Laos.
Lewis, the pilot, radioed that the plane was departing the
target area, but there was no further radio or visual contact.
Rescue missions at the time failed to find any wreckage. The
cause of the crash was unknown, although enemy fire and poor
weather were believed to have contributed.
In July 1997, a joint U.S.-Lao People's Democratic Republic
team interviewed witnesses, two of whom led the team to the
crash site. Four subsequent excavations from 2003 to 2004
yielded human remains and artifacts and the remains were later
identified as Lewis and Baker by forensic experts in Hawaii.
Baker will be buried in Longview, Texas, on July 29 and
Lewis in Marshall on Aug. 13.
A total of 1,827 U.S. servicemen remain missing in
Southeast Asia since the war. Another 756 have been found and