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Semper  Fi, Doc.
Thank you for your devotion to our Country and to your Marines.
May 15, 2014

Robert  Pearce
Fellow Marine Nam Vet 66-67
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 330-13 May 14, 2013 Marine Missing from Vietnam War to be Buried with Crew The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing from the Vietnam War, was recently accounted for and will be buried along with the 12 other servicemen who were lost in the same crash. Marine Corps Pfc. Daniel A. Benedett of Seattle, Wash., will be buried May 15, at Arlington National Cemetery, along with Air Force 2nd Lt. Richard Vandegeer of Cleveland, Ohio Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Bernard Gause Jr., of Birmingham, Ala. Hospitalman Ronald J. Manning of Steubenville, Ohio Marine Corps servicemen Lance Cpl. Gregory S. Copenhaver of Lewistown, Pa. Lance Cpl. Andres Garcia of Carlsbad, N.M. Pfc. Lynn Blessing of Lancaster, Pa. Pfc. Walter Boyd of Portsmouth, Va. Pfc. James J. Jacques of La Junta, Colo. Pfc. James R. Maxwell of Memphis, Tenn. Pfc. Richard W. Rivernburgh of Schenectady, N.Y. Pfc. Antonio R. Sandoval of San Antonio, Texas and Pfc. Kelton R. Turner of St. Louis, Mo. On May 12, 1975, Khmer Rouge gunboats captured the S.S. Mayaguez in the Gulf of Thailand, approximately 60 nautical miles off the coast of Cambodia. After the vessel was taken to Koh Tang Island, U.S. aircraft began surveillance flights around the island. When efforts to secure the release of the ship and its crew failed, U.S. military forces began a rescue mission. Three days after the Mayaguez seizure, the Air Force dispatched six helicopters to the island. One of the helicopters came under heavy enemy fire and crashed into the surf with 26 men on board. Thirteen of the men were rescued at sea, leaving Benedett and 12 other service members unaccounted-for from the crash. Between 1991 and 2008, investigators conducted more than 10 investigations and excavations, led by Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC). On three occasions, Cambodian authorities turned over remains believed to be those of American servicemen. In 1995, U.S. and Cambodian specialists conducted an underwater recovery of the helicopter crash site where they located remains, personal effects and aircraft debris associated with the loss. Between 2000 and 2004, all of the missing service members from this helicopter, except Benedett, were accounted-for. On Jan. 30, 2013, Benedett was accounted-for. Scientists from JPAC and the Armed Forces Identification Laboratory (AFDIL) used circumstantial evidence and DNA process of elimination to account for his remains. Today, more than 1,600 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Vietnam War. The U.S. government continues to work closely with the governments of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia to recover Americans lost during the Vietnam War.
May 15, 2013

Diana Gonzalez
Mr Anderson's Histroy Student
2000 Sam Houston Dr. Arlington TX 76014 U.S.
My Adopted MIA
Petty Officer Bernard Gause Jr., My name is Diana Gonzalez. I'm a 2007 Junior at Sam Houston High School in Arlington, TX. As part of a class assignment on Vietnam's MIA's, I learned your story and shared it with my classmated. I learned of your sacrifice and will remember you.
May 15, 2007

Tommy Stewart
Hospital Corpsman
25 years later and the memory of you and Manning live on for me. You made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. You represented the epitome of what a Hospital Corpsman is. Though you remain in the waters off Koh Tang my hope is that one day we will bring you home. Your memory will live forever within the Hospital Corps.
Tuesday, May 23, 2000

Brad Winterod
I've been wearing your bracelet for 10 years
Doc, I have been wearing your bracelet for the past ten years. Although I do not know you, I think about you often. My dad is a vet too and he is always asking me if I have any information about you. I wish anyone who knows you would E-mail me. Thank you so much for your service to this great country of ours. I picked your bracelet out of a box of bracelets when I was stationed in Okinawa. I have worn it to honor you ever since. May God continue to bless you!
Thursday, May 06, 1999

Grateful American
American Hero
Thank you HM1 Gause for your ultimate sacrifice. Rest well brave sailor and rest assurd that you Sir, are not forgotten.
Sunday, May 15, 2005

Manuel Pino 2/8 Bco 1st Cav-68-69
Fellow Medic
To our Fallen Corpsman in arms, may the seas be calm and the winds be fair.
Sunday, May 14, 2006

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