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Capt Gomer David Reese, III
Birth: Jul. 24, 1942
Westchester County
New York, USA
Death: Apr. 24, 1970, Laos

United States Air Force Captain Reese. He was born and raised in Scarsdale, the son of Gomer David and Ann (Clifton) Reese. He went to the University of Iowa before joining the Air Force in the 1960s. He told his sister that "He wanted to fly and to serve his country." Gomer was a fun-loving man who always put others before himself, making everyone around him feel that they were special. He lived his life to the fullest. On April 24, 1970, Gomer and Captain James Emory Cross, of Warren, Ohio were flying a U-17B light aircraft on an orientation flight over Xiangkhoang Province, Laos. Their aircraft was struck by enemy ground fire, crashed and burned. Other U.S. aircraft in the area flew over the crash site and did not see any movement or receive any beeper signals or radio transmissions from the two men. Between 1994 and 1998, joint U.S./Lao People's Democratic Republic (L.P.D.R.) teams, led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), conducted several investigations of the incident in Xiangkhoang Province and surveyed the crash site. Teams interviewed Laotian citizens who claimed to witness the crash, and the citizens turned over human remains they said were associated with this incident. The remains were consistent with human bone, but were too small to yield meaningful biological characteristics. In 2004, another joint team re-surveyed the crash site and recovered life-support equipment, including a seat belt buckle consistent with those found in a U-17 aircraft. In 2007, another joint team excavated the crash site and recovered human remains and crew-related items. In the spring of 2008, a team completed the excavation and recovered more human remains and non-biological material. Captain Reese's remains were returned to his family in September of 2008. He is honored on Panel 11W, Row 47 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Captain Reese's mother died in 1997 and his father died in 2000. His sisters Nancy Palazzo and Betsy Bommer survived him. He was laid to rest on April 23, 2009. On April 24, 2009, some of his remains co-mingled with those of Captain Cross were buried in a common grave at Arlington National Cemetery. 
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  Gomer David Reese (1912 - 2000)
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 60 Site 8987 AND Section 60 Site 8986
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Record added: Sep 25, 2008
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