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MIA Air Force officers from Pampa and Dallas Identified

WASHINGTON (AP) - The remains of 2 Air Force officers from Texas -- missing in action since 1971 in Vietnam -- have been recovered and identified.

The Defense Department today announced Lieutenant Colonel James H. Ayres of Pampa will be buried August tenth, in Pampa.

Burial arrangements are pending for Lieutenant Colonel Charles W. Stratton of Dallas.

The men's airplane disappeared during a nighttime strike mission out of Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base.Their targets were in Laos.

The crew of another plane saw a large explosion.

In 2001, a joint U.S. and Lao People's Democratic Republic team interviewed Laotian citizens about crash sites. One man led officials to an area believed to be the Ayres and Stratton crash site.

Human remains and crew items were found over several years of recovery efforts.

DNA helped identify the Texans.

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