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News | Jan. 18, 2018

Airman Killed During the Vietnam War Accounted For (Davis, E.)

Air Force Col. Edgar F. Davis, killed during the Vietnam War, has now been accounted for.

On Sept. 17, 1968, Davis was a navigator aboard a RF-4C Phantom fighter-bomber aircraft, assigned to the 11th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing. Davis and his pilot were on a night photo-reconnaissance mission over the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (L.P.D.R.) when they were shot down by anti-aircraft artillery fire. The pilot ejected out of the aircraft and was rescued, however no contact could be established with Davis. Because of this, he was declared missing in action. Search and rescue efforts were suspended after failing to locate Davis or the aircraft wreckage. Davis was later declared deceased.

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days prior to scheduled funeral services.

DPAA is grateful to Stony Beach and the government of Laos for their partnerships in this recovery.

Davis' name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with the others unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

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