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This website is devoted Capt. Herbert C. Crosby, MIA Vietnam 10 January 1970. His remains were repatriated in 1989, with positive identification in 2006. His remains were laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery on May 25, 2007 with full military honors, including a three helicopter fly-over.
Here you will find the analysis information, along with stories, photos, videos of events that led up to the burial. You will also find extraordinary post burial events that keep his name and his story alive. You were never forgotten, and you live on in the hearts of us all.
If you wore a POW/MIA bracelet with Capt. Crosby’s name on it and would like to return it, leave us a message on the Bracelets page.
ARMY SOLDIER MIA REMAINS FROM VIETNAM WAR
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced December 19, 2006 that the remains of three U.S. servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and returned to their families for burial with full military honors.They are Capt. Herbert C. Crosby, of Donalsonville, Ga., Sgt. 1st Class Wayne C. Allen, of Tewksbury, Mass., and Sgt. 1st Class Francis G. Graziosi, of Rochester, N.Y., all U.S. Army. On Jan. 10, 1970, these men were returning to their base at Chu Lai, South Vietnam aboard a UH-1C Huey helicopter. Due to bad weather, their helicopter went down over Quang Nam Province. A search was initiated for the crew, but no sign of the helicopter or crew was spotted.In 1989, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (S.R.V.) gave to U.S. specialists 25 boxes containing the remains of the U.S. servicemen related to this incident. Later that year, additional remains and Crosby’s identification tag were obtained from a Vietnamese refugee.Between 1993 and 1999, joint U.S./S.R.V. teams, led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), conducted three investigations in Ho Chi Minh City and two investigations in Quang Nam-Da Nang Province (formerly Quang Nam Province). A Vietnamese informant in Ho Chi Minh City told the team he knew where the remains of as many as nine American servicemen were buried. He agreed to lead the team to the burial site. In 1994, the team excavated the site and recovered a metal box and several bags containing human remains, including those of these three soldiers.Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from JPAC and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory also used mitochondrial DNA and dental comparisons in the identification of the remains.
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