Remains of Grandview pilot shot down in 1967 finally identified

Next year will mark 50 years since the end of the Vietnam War.

The peace accords were signed in January 1973 and the last ground troops departed in March.

A heavy price paid in Vietnam

According to USWings

One in 10 Americans who served in Vietnam was a casualty. 58,148 were killed and 304,000 wounded out of 2.7 million who served. Although the death rate was similar to other wars, amputations or disabling injuries were 300% higher than in World War II.

As of May 2020, 1,587 US service members were still missing in Southeast Asia, but finally a family in Grandview, Washington can remove the name of one of their own from the missing in action list. (MIA)

It’s been more than 50 years of endless questions, worries, hopes and uncertainties since US Naval Reserve Commander Paul C. Charvet’s plane was shot down during the Vietnam War. Now his remains have been identified and will be returned to his Grandview family.

Soar through the ever treacherous skies over Vietnam

Charvet was 26 years old and was a pilot of an A-1H Skyraider aircraft assigned to Attack Squadron 215 aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard. While on a mission near Thanh Hoa Province, Vietnam on March 21, 1967, his plane disappeared in an area of ​​low cloud and fog one kilometer northeast of Hon Me Island. .

On March 22, Radio Hanoi Broadcast reported that an American plane had been shot down the day before off the coast of Thanh Hoa province. Officials believed it was Charvet’s plane because it was the only American plane lost in that area on March 21. His remains were not found after a search of the area.

Sacrifice for an often ungrateful nation

Charvet’s name is recorded on the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and on the American Battle Monuments Commission’s Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, as well as other wartime missing persons. from Vietnam.

A rosette will be placed next to their name to indicate that they have been considered. The date and location of Charvet’s funeral have not yet been decided. Thanks to the Tri-Cities Herald for the details.

One more warrior has returned, thank you for your service, welcome home.

More than 1,586 to go.

Watch the video below the gallery for a better idea of ​​the A-1 Sky Raider aircraft’s mission during the war.

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