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The remains of a soldier listed as missing from the Vietnam War have been identified and will be buried in a single casket at Arlington National Cemetery with two of his comrades.

Army Spc. John Burgess, of Sutton Bay, Mich., was the crew chief of a UH-1H Iroquois helicopter that crashed after taking enemy fire while on a command-and-control mission in South Vietnam’s Binh Phuoc Province on June 30, 1970, according to a statement by the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office.

He will be buried Tuesday with full military honors with two previously recovered crewmembers, 1st Lt. Richard Dyer, of Central Falls, R.I., and Sgt. 1st Class Juan Colon-Diaz, of Comerio, Puerto Rico. 1st Lt. Leslie Douglas Jr., of Verona, Miss., was also killed in the crash.

Remains of all the crew except Burgess were recovered shortly after the crash. Douglas, Dyer and Colon-Diaz were individually identified and buried with full military honors at that time. Pfc. John Goosman survived and was rescued.

From 1992 to 2012, more than a dozen joint U.S./Vietnam teams investigated the case and recovered human remains, personal effects, military equipment and aircraft wreckage. Burgess was accounted for using forensic and circumstantial evidence.


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