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The remains of a servicemember who went missing during the Vietnam War have been identified and returned to his family for burial, according to a release by the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office.

Army Capt. Charles R. Barnes will be buried with full military honors Wednesday in Arlington National Cemetery, the release stated.

Barnes and four other servicemembers were listed as missing in action on March 16, 1969, after their U-21A aircraft left Qui Nhon Airfield but never arrived at its scheduled destination in Da Nang.

The investigation into Barnes’ remains began in the 1980s when Vietnam began turning over unidentified human remains to the United States, the report said.

U.S.-led investigations in Vietnam in 1993, 1999 and 2000, as well as advances in technology, allowed the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory to identify Barnes, according to the release.

For more information on DOD’s mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO website at

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