Remembering an American Hero
Dear CMS Luther Lee Rose, sir
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
Honoring Texas Vets Killed in Vietnam
LONG MISSING IN ACTION, NOW FINALLY RETURNED HOME
On 23 June 1966 he was serving as a gunner on an AC-47 ' SPOOKY ' gunship on a nighttime armed reconnaissance mission over southern Laos.
At about 9:25 pm the aircraft radioed "we have a hot fire", then another radio transmission was heard to order " bail out."
Witnesses reported the aircraft was on fire, then crashed into a heavily wooded area 30 miles northeast of Tchephone in Khannouan Province, Laos.
No parachutes from the six-member crew were observed and no emergency beepers were heard.
An aerial search of the crash site found no evidence of any survivors.
In cooperation with the Lao government a joint team of United States and Lao specialists travelled to a suspected crash site in Khammouan Province in October 1994 where a villager took them to an area where personal effects, aircraft wreckage, crew-related materials and a crew member's identification tag were found.
In May - June 1995 a joint United States and Lao team excavated the site where they recovered human remains as well as identification media of other aircrew members.
The United States recovery team members were from the Central Identification Laboratory, Hawaii (CILHI).
CILHI scientists applied a wide array of forensic techniques to the recovered remains, including comparisons of dental charts and x-rays, as well as the use of mitochondrial DNA sequencing.
The DNA sequencing was carried out by the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory, whose results aided the CILHI scientists in making the final positive identification of Chief Master Sergeant Rose and his other crewmates.
Today, more than 88000 Americans remain missing in action from all conflicts throughout military history.
Of these, 1855 are from the Vietnam era.
Provided by -
BIOGRAPHER OF THE LOST OF THE VIETNAM ERA - 1955 to 1975 -
R E M E M B R A N C E
YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE