WASHINGTON (AP) — The remains of three air crew members who were lost during a resupply mission over Laos during the Vietnam War have been identified, more than 47 years after they were killed.
In October 1997, a Joint U.S.-Lao People’s Democratic Republic team received information about a possible crash site. In late 2017, recovery teams found possible human remains and personal items. Further testing identified the three men:
—Pilot George L. Ritter, 49, of Philadelphia.
—Co-pilot Roy F. Townley, 52, of Ontario, California.
—Edward J. Weissenback, 29, of Richmond Hill, Queens, New York.