|Birth: ||Feb. 18, 1927|
|Death: ||Feb. 8, 1968, Laos|
Major Lapham, of the United States Air Force, and of Marshall, Michigan. He was a member of Marshall High School's 1944 Class B state championship basketball team.
On February 8, 1968, Lapham was flying the lead A-1G Skyraider in a flight of two in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam. The aircraft were alerted to join an airborne forward air controller to destroy enemy tanks that had overrun the Lang Vei Special Forces Camp. After completing one pass on the tanks, Lapham was nearing his target on the second pass when he crashed. The crew of the other aircraft involved in the mission reported seeing no parachute. Between 1993 and 1998, joint U.S./Socialist Republic of Vietnam (S.R.V.) teams, led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), traveled to Quang Tri Province two times to investigate the incident and interview witnesses. One team also surveyed the crash site and found aircraft wreckage. In 2003, another joint team investigated the incident and resurveyed the crash site. The team found more wreckage and pilot-related evidence, including Lapham's identification tag. Between 2004 and 2006, JPAC teams traveled to Quang Tri Province four times to excavate the crash site. The teams recovered human remains, aircraft wreckage and pilot-related items.
Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from JPAC also used dental comparisons in the identification of the remains. Major Lapham is is honored on Panel 38E, Row 32 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: SECTION 60 SITE 341
Created by: Sue
Record added: Oct 18, 2007
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