The battle to bring them home was long and difficult, but victorious.
It took a joint investigation between the United States and the Kingdom of Cambodia, lasting 20 years, to recover the military gear and human remains from a single grave.
Then the latest forensic science tools were used to match the DNA or the remains to siblings.
Finally these three men were identified and laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery, receiving full military honors.
A chapter finally closes for the families of these brave soldiers. But for the families of the 1626 American service members still missing from that war, closure may never come.
Find out what happened to these brave men in their final hours
Three U.S. Army soldiers, Maj. Dale W. Richardson, 28, of Mount Sterling, Ill.; Staff Sgt. Bunyan D. Price Jr., 20, of Monroe, N.C.; and Sgt. Rodney L. Griffin, 21, of Mexico, Mo, were buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery, Va. October 20, 2015.
The soldiers were missing since the Vietnam War and were identified by the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)…
Richardson, Price, and Griffin, all assigned to 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, were passengers aboard an UH-1H Iroquois (Huey) helicopter that was en route to Fire Support Base Katum, South Vietnam, when it was diverted due to bad weather.
After flying into Cambodian airspace, the aircraft came under heavy enemy ground fire, causing the pilot to make an emergency landing in Kampong Cham Province, Cambodia.
Richardson, Price, and Griffin died at the site of the crash during a firefight with enemy forces…
…The Huey’s four crewmen and its four passengers survived the landing.
One crewman was able to evade being captured by enemy forces…
…The other three crewmen and one passenger were captured. The Vietnamese released two of the captured crewmen in 1973, and the remains of the other two captured men were returned to U.S. control in the 1980s and identified.
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