A Soldier comes home

Captain James Johnstone

Captain James Johnstone

Remains of Army captain killed in Vietnam War positively identified 40 years after his plane  crashed

Daily Mail: The remains of a Vietnam-era soldier killed  in the war have been identified, military officials said. They said the remains of Army Capt. James J.  Johnstone of Baton Rouge, Louisiana died in 1966 after his airplane crashed in  nearby Laos.

A spokesperson for the Defense POW/MIA  Missing Personnel Office said they used a molar, along with a  partially-destroyed military ID card to positively identify him.

Johnstone was on a reconnaissance mission in  Attapu Province, Laos, when his plane crashed on November 19, 1966. He was 28 years old.

His adult daughter, Shawn Johnstone, told The Advocate that she couldn’t be more happy that her father’s  remains have been found. ‘I’m a big believer in miracles,’ she said, ‘always have been.’

It was impossible to try and get the human  remains from the crash site, as enemy fighting was thick in Laos in 1966, and a  retrieval mission would have been far too dangerous.

Ms. Johnstone told the paper that the military  had given her a 100-page book detailing the many investigations they had run to try and find her father’s remains.

Following the end of America’s presence in  Vietnam and Laos, officials found that villagers had pillaged the site of the  wreckage, leaving few clues. Ms. Johnstone, 46, told the Advocate that  recently, a villager turned an old American Express card into police there. The card had been her father’s.

Johnstone will be buried in Arlington  National Cemetery next Wednesday and will be given military honors.

Welcome home Capt. Johnstone. Rest in peace.

DCG

2 responses to “A Soldier comes home

  1. Good to be found.

  2. Bill Martikainen

    RIP Captain

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