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U.S. Identifies Remains of Vietnam MIAs

By MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer 1 hour, 13 minutes ago

The remains of 12 servicemen listed as missing in action during the Vietnam War have been identified and are returning home, 37 years after they died in a fierce battle near the Laos-Vietnam border, the Defense Department announced Tuesday.

The 11 Marines and one Army soldier are the largest group of MIAs identified since the war, according to the military


Marine Lance Cpl. Thomas W. Fritsch and four others will be buried by their families. The other seven will be buried as a group in Arlington National Cemetery in October, said Larry Greer, a spokesman for the Pentagon's missing personnel office


"We really feel very fortunate that we do have some remains coming home to us, and we are welcoming him home," said Brenda Scott, whose brother, Lance Cpl. Donald W. Mitchell, of Princeton, Ky., was among the recovered MIAs.


In addition to Fritsch and Mitchell, the Marines identified were Cpl. Gerald E. King of Knoxville, Tenn.; Lance Cpls. Joseph F. Cook of Foxboro, Mass., and Raymond T. Heyne of Mason, Wis.; and Pfcs. Thomas J. Blackman of Racine, Wis., Paul S. Czerwonka of Stoughton, Mass., Barry L. Hempel of Garden Grove, Calif., Robert C. Lopez of Albuquerque, N.M., William D. McGonigle of Wichita, Kan., and Lance Cpl. James R. Sargent, of Anawalt, W.Va. Also identified was U.S. Army Sgt. Glenn E. Miller of Oakland, Calif.


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