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January 13, 2010
Air Force Print News

Officials with the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced that the remains of an Air Force pilot, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial.

Maj. Russell C. Goodman of Salt Lake City, Utah, will be honored at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., home of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbird demonstration team. At the time he was lost, Major Goodman was assigned to the Thunderbirds and was flying with the U.S. Navy on an exchange program. He will be buried in Alaska at a date determined by his family.

On Feb. 20, 1967, Major Goodman and Navy Lt. Gary L. Thornton took off in their F-4B Phantom from the USS Enterprise for a bombing mission against a railroad yard in Thanh Hoa Province, North Vietnam. They were struck by enemy antiaircraft fire and their plane exploded. Lieutenant Thornton was able to eject at just 250 feet altitude, but Major Goodman did not escape. Lieutenant Thornton survived and was held captive until his release in 1973.

Search and rescue attempts were curtailed because of heavy anti-aircraft and automatic weapons fire in the area of the crash.

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Between October 1993 and March 2008, joint U.S.-Vietnamese teams led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command investigated the crash site twice and conducted two excavations, recovering human remains and pilot equipment. The aircraft debris recovered correlates with the type of aircraft the men were flying.

Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from JPAC and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory also used mitochondrial DNA, which matched two of his maternal relatives, in the identification of Goodman's remains.

Welcome home, Major Goodman!

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Jan 20 @ 9:52AM  
I believe it was last year or the year before they found an airman entombed in a California glacier that had been missing since a training flight in WW II.

Jan 20 @ 9:53AM  
At least now his family has him home and can have a memorial service for him.

Jan 20 @ 9:54AM  
Welcome home indeed Major Goodman. Kudo Sunny.

Jan 20 @ 10:00AM  
Welcome home...may he rest in peace now.

Jan 20 @ 10:30AM  
I'm sure this is a relief for his family after all these years of wondering.

Indeed, welcome home, Major Gooding. May you now rest in peace.

Jan 20 @ 10:53AM  
Kudos for posting this...I still fly my MIA flag..
R.I.P. Major Goodman!

Jan 20 @ 12:30PM  
RIP Major.

Jan 20 @ 2:21PM  
I was stationed in Ft.Myers ,VA when the Tomb Of The Unkown was interred and as a soldier it was a sobering experience to see a family get the closure after so long.Kudos to you and an awesome post thanx for making my day better.

Welcome home major

Jan 21 @ 1:55AM  
At least now his family has him home and can have a memorial service for him.
I agree. They now also have peace of mind

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