The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) has announced that the remains of a serviceman, missing from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be buried with full military honors.
Army Maj. Dale W. Richardson of Mount Sterling, Illinois, will be buried Aug. 29, in Mountain View, Ark.
Richardson was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, and was the passenger aboard an UH-1H Iroquois (Huey) helicopter that was en route to Fire Support Base Katum, South Vietnam, when it was diverted due to bad weather. After flying into Cambodian airspace, the aircraft came under heavy enemy ground fire, causing the pilot to make an emergency landing in Kampong Cham Province, Cambodia. The Huey’s four crewmen and its four passengers survived the landing. Richardson died at the site of the crash during a fire fight with enemy forces. His remains were not recovered.
For 16 years, joint U.S./Cambodian teams investigated the site without success. On Feb. 18, 2009, a joint team interviewed witnesses in the Memot District of Cambodia who claimed to have information on the loss. The witnesses identified a possible burial site for the unaccounted for servicemen. The team excavated the burial site but was unsuccessful locating the remains.
From Jan. 16, 2010 to March 11, 2011, joint U.S./Cambodian teams excavated the area, but were unsuccessful recovering the crewman’s remains.
In February 2012, another joint U.S./Cambodian team re-interviewed two of the witnesses. The witnesses identified a secondary burial site near the previously excavated site. The team excavated the secondary burial site and recovered human remains and military gear from a single grave.
In the identification of Richardson, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL) analyzed circumstantial evidence and used forensic identification tools, to include mitochondrial DNA, which matched his sister.
MAJ Richardson’s remains are scheduled to arrive at Little Rock, on Thursday, August 27, and be escorted to Mountain View. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 29, at 2 p.m. at Flatwoods Missionary Baptist Church in Mountain View. Borne by U.S. Army pallbearers, Dale will be accorded full military honors and interred near his parents in Flatwoods Cemetery.richardson
Today there are 1,627 American service members that are still unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.

Celtic Breeze Band and the U.S. Forest Service invite you to attend Celtic in the Caverns, a concert featuring Scottish and Irish music played from one of the worlds most impressive natural stages, the Great Cathedral Room at Blanchard Springs Caverns, just north of Mountain View.
Show times are Saturday, March 15 at 2 and 5 p.m., and Sunday, March 16 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $20 cash or $21 credit. Price includes admission to the cavern stage, but does not include the full cave tour.
Tickets and information are available at For Mother Earth, located on Main Street in Mountain View or by calling 870-585-2406.
Seating is limited to 100 per show.

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