|Birth: ||Jan. 12, 1943|
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||Jul. 5, 1968, Vietnam|
The remains of two US servicemen missing in action from the Vietnam War were identified and returned to their families for burial with full military honors. USAF LTC Edward D Silver, 34, of Junction City, OR, was buried on June 6, in Arlington National Cemetery, while on June 7, there was a group burial service at Arlington National Cemetery honoring Silver and the other crew member, USAF MAJ Bruce E Lawrence, 25, of Easton PA. Lawrence was buried on September 21 2011 in his hometown.
On July 5 1968, Silver and Lawrence were flying the lead F-4C Phantom II aircraft of a two-ship formation, on a night armed-reconnaissance of enemy targets, in Quang Binh Province, North Vietnam. Other pilots flying in the area reported that they witnessed anti-aircraft fire striking the aircraft shortly before it crashed. No parachutes or signs of survivors were seen. In 1993, a joint US/Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV) team traveled to Quang Binh Province to investigate a possible site related to the crash. Harsh terrain and safety concerns limited access to the location of the aircraft. From 1998 to 2000, joint US/SRV teams interviewed witnesses, excavated several aircraft crash sites in the area, and recovered human remains. Additional recovery of military equipment related to Silver and Lawrence's crash confirmed that two individuals were in the aircraft at the time of the incident. Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used mitochondrial DNA, which matched that of both Lawrence and Silver's living relatives, as well as nuclear DNA to identify the two men.
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Section 60 Site 10096
Created by: A Horan
Record added: Jun 23, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92443985