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Date Posted: Wed, July 06 2005, 22:45:03
Author: Joyce Ussery
Author Host/IP: 12-160-115-110.getgoin.net / 220.127.116.11
Subject: Re: Vietnam records...
In reply to:
's message, "Re: Vietnam records..." on Wed, July 06 2005, 21:34:16
Thank you for your opinon on the records. We've been the FOIA routes to various agencies suggested...and more..over the past 9 years, to no avail, with even our family being denied the VA file folder/XC folder on our casualty. We were just posting on various veteran related sites to see if any better success in getting new insight from veterans, into the records, etc. questions we have. Although he was first reported as Hostile Missing and had been for five days when first notified, the Army Chaplain returned within 36 hours to inform he was killed at the time of a helicopter crash and positively identiifed. The Army now denies he was ever missing and we now have additional documents stating "body not recovered" and "remains not positively identified." We understand a PID...but with additional confirming MIA/missing/PUNCH status records we have, he was obviously considered more than a pending identification missing at the time, for several days after the crash. The GSA/"live case" records would appear to confirm that and the additional unmentioned concerns we have. The Army reported our casualty as a KIA/body recovered in 1968 and his name is on The Wall/not a deserter, etc.
For 27 years, we placed flowers on a grave believing things were as we were told in 1968. We now KNOW that is not the case. In addition the questions our family now finds we have, we have had quite valid and previously unanticipated cause to have the grave disinterred in 1996. The dental charts that we know to be correct for our casualty do not match whatsoever the good set of dental remains we have, confirmed by an anthropologist. So far, the Army, CILHI and AFDIL refuse to acknowledge these facts and now even try to claim that the enlistment dental charting is incorrect (we know it is correct and have additional documentation to confirm that). Interesting that they would now try to discredit their own military dental chartings when they were at times the only method of identification for Vietnam casualty remains. We can assure them that our questions and ongoing demands for their mtDNA testing are not going away for them. Again, our thanks.
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