Los Angeles man identified
WASHINGTON – Two U.S. servicemen missing in action from the Vietnam War have been accounted for and their remains are being returned to their families, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
They were identified as Navy Cmdr. James W. Hall of Los Angeles and Marine Maj. Charles E. Finney of Saltillo, Miss.
Hall was believed shot down in October 1972 while flying a mission over North Vietnam. His remains were repatriated in 1989, saved and identified recently by the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii, using new forensic techniques, the Department of Defense said in a statement.
Finney was believed killed during a March 1969 flight over Laos. He was identified through identification tags, airplane wreckage and other remains found in 1995 and 1999, the statement said.
With the accounting for Hall and Finney, 2,029 servicemen remain missing in action from the Vietnam War. The Pentagon says 554 have been identified and returned to their families since the war ended.