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The Lieberman-Graham resolution is a chance for Democrats to show that their support for the troops is more than rhetorical. It changes no policy and in that sense is only symbolic. Yet it is precisely the political symbolism of admitting they were wrong that is stopping the Democratic leadership from letting it come up for a vote before the Senate adjourns. Unfortunately, the last thing that Democrats want to discuss in this election season is success in Iraq.
Officials identify pilot missing from Vietnam War
WASHINGTON (AFRNS) -- The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Sept. 30 that the remains of a U.S. Airman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
He is Col. David H. Zook, Jr., of West Liberty, Ohio. He will be buried Oct. 4 in West Liberty.
On Oct. 4, 1967, Colonel Zook was on a psychological warfare operation over Song Be Province, South Vietnam, when his U-10B Super Courier aircraft collided in midair with a C-7A Caribou. The C-7 pilot said he saw the other aircraft hit the ground and explode. Several search and rescue attempts failed to locate Colonel Zook's remains.
In 1992, a joint U.S./Socialist Republic of Vietnam team, led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, investigated the incident in Song Be Province. The team interviewed Vietnamese citizens who witnessed the crash and saw remains amid the wreckage. The team surveyed the site and found evidence consistent with Colonel Zook's crash. While later examining the evidence recovered from the site, a small fragment of bone was found.
In 1993, another joint team excavated the crash site and recovered a bone fragment and small pieces of military clothing. In March 2008, a final excavation was conducted and more human remains were recovered.
Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from JPAC and also used dental comparisons in the identification of Colonel Zook's remains.
For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO Web site at http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo or call (703) 699-1169. (Courtesy of DOD News)
The Navy has confirmed the wreckage of a sunken vessel found last year off the Aleutians Islands is that of the USS Grunion, which disappeared during World War II.
Underwater video footage and pictures captured by an expedition hired by sons of the commanding officer, Lt. Cmdr. Mannert L. Abele, allowed the Navy to confirm the discovery, Rear Adm. Douglas McAneny said Thursday in a news release.
McAneny said the Navy was very grateful to the Abele family.
"We hope this announcement will help to give closure to the families of the 70 crewmen of Grunion," he said.
The Grunion was last heard from July 30, 1942. The submarine reported heavy anti-submarine activity at the entrance to Kiska, and that it had 10 torpedoes remaining forward. On the same day, the Grunion was directed to return to Dutch Harbor Naval Operating Base. The submarine was reported lost Aug. 16, 1942.
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Nov. 3 that the remains of a U.S. Airman, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
He is Staff Sgt. Martin F. Troy, U.S. Army Air Forces, of Norwalk, Conn. He will be buried on Nov. 20 in Arlington National Cemetery.
On June 30, 1944, Sergeant Troy was on a B-24H Liberator participating in a mission to bomb an oil refinery in Blechammer, Germany. The plane was shot down by German aircraft and crashed into a swampy area near Nemesvita, Hungary, beside Lake Balaton. Seven of the crewmembers parachuted to safety where they were captured by enemy forces and subsequently released. Three crewmen died in the crash and the remains for two of them were eventually recovered and identified. Sergeant Troy's remains were not recovered.
In 1999 and 2003, Hungarian citizens turned over to U.S. officials human remains supposedly recovered from Sergeant Troy's crash site. In 2003 and 2005, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command teams surveyed the site.
In 2007, another JPAC team excavated the site and recovered human remains and non-biological evidence.
Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from JPAC and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory also used mitochondrial DNA in the identification of Sergeant Troy's remains.
For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO Web site at http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo or call (703) 699-1169.
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