Remains of Pa. man and other air crew lost in Vietnam War identified
FILE PHOTO: An Air Force honor guard folds the flag that draped the casket containing the remains of U.S. Air Force Col. Francis McGouldrick Jr., during burial services at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. Col. McGouldrick from New Haven, Conn., was laid to rest 45 years after he was reported missing during the Vietnam War. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
(Washington) — The remains of a Pennsylvania man and two other air crew members who were lost during a resupply mission over Laos during the Vietnam War have been identified, more than 47 years after they were killed.
In October 1997, a Joint U.S.-Lao People’s Democratic Republic team received information about a possible crash site.
In late 2017, recovery teams found possible human remains and personal items. Further testing identified the three men:
–Pilot George L. Ritter, 49, of Philadelphia.
–Co-pilot Roy F. Townley, 52, of Ontario, California.
–Edward J. Weissenback, 29, of Richmond Hill, Queens, New York.
The three were on an Air America flight for the U.S. Agency for International Development, flying from Thailand to Xaignabouli Province, Laos.
It went down on Dec. 27, 1971, near Syaboury, Laos. A search for the crew was unsuccessful.