Missing naval aviator from Vietnam identified.
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced on
7 June that the remains of a U.S. naval aviator, missing in action since
1965, have been identified. The remains of Navy Lt. William E. Swanson
were returned to his family and buried on 11 June at Fort Snelling in
Minneapolis, Minn. Swanson was the pilot of an A-1H Skyraider with VA-95
from USS Ranger (CVA 61), which crashed on 11 April 1965 while on an
armed reconnaissance mission over Khammouan Province in remote central
Laos. The crash site was first identified by an investigating team in
2000, but human remains were not found there until a later expedition
excavated the site in 2010 and found data plates with numbers that
matched Swanson's aircraft.