7. Ten MIAs Return Home:
The Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced the identification of remains belonging to 10 servicemen missing from World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Returned home are:
* Marine Corps Tech. Sgt. James A. Sisney, 19, of Redwood City, Calif. On April 22, 1944, Sisney was aboard a PBJ-1 aircraft that failed to return from a night training mission over the island of Espiritu Santo, in what is known today as Vanuatu. None of the seven Marines on the aircraft were recovered at that time.
* Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Warren G. Moxley, 23, of Charleston, Mo. On March 15, 1945, Moxley was flying an F-6C aircraft when he crashed near Asbach, Germany. Another American pilot flying in the same mission witnessed the crash but did not see a parachute deploy.
* Army Cpl. Pryor Gobble, 18, of Jonesville, Va. In late November 1950, units of the 31st Infantry Regiment were advancing along the eastern banks of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, when enemy forces overran their position. After the battle, Gobble was reported missing in action on approximately Dec. 6, 1950.
* Air Force Col. Joseph Christiano, 43, of Rochester, N.Y.; Col. Derrell B. Jeffords, 40, of Florence, S.C.; Lt. Col. Dennis L. Eilers, 27, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Chief Master Sgt. William K. Colwell, 44, Glen Cove, N.Y.; Chief Master Sgt. Arden K. Hassenger, 32, of Lebanon, Ore.; and Chief Master Sgt. Larry C. Thornton, 33, Idaho Falls, Idaho. On Dec. 24, 1965, the crew was aboard an AC-47D aircraft nicknamed "Spooky" that failed to return from a combat strike mission in southern Laos. A "mayday" signal was sent, but all contact was lost with the crew, and the ensuing search was unsuccessful.
* Air Force 1st Lt. Robert E. Bennett III, 25, of Springfield, N.J.. On Dec. 13, 1967, Bennett and another officer were flying an F-4C Phantom II aircraft that crashed during a close-air support mission in Tra Vinh Binh Province, South Vietnam. Both men ejected and were seen landing in the Co Chien River. The other officer was rescued immediately by a nearby U.S. Navy patrol boat, but Bennett sank and presumably drowned.
Read their individual recovery stories at http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/news/news_releases/