DOD Identifies Remains of Vietnam-Era Airman

The Defense Department on Monday announced that the remains of Col. Francis J. McGouldrick Jr., who has been missing since Vietnam, have been identified and will be returned to his family. McGouldrick will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Dec. 13—exactly 45 years from the date his B-57E Canberra aircraft collided with another during a night strike mission over Laos, according to the Dec. 9 release. The Defense Department initially listed him as missing in action, but after the war a military review board changed his status to presumed killed in action. After more than a decade of attempting to locate the crash site, “a joint [US-Laos] team located a possible crash site near the village of Keng Keuk, Laos,” in April 2007, states the release. Forensic scientists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Lab used mitochondrial DNA from McGouldrick’s remains and were able to match it to his great nephew and niece.