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1st Lieutenant Brent E. Davis, USMC

Returned: 02-12-93; ID: 02-12-97

DAVIS, BRENT E.

Remains returned 12/30/97

Name: Brent E. Davis

Rank/Branch: USMC, O2

Unit: VMCJ 1 MAG 11

Date of Birth: 16 September 38

Home City of Record: Santa Clara, CA

Date of Loss: 18 March 66

Country of Loss: North Vietnam

Loss Coordinates: 191958N 1050959E

Status (in 1973): Missing in Action

Category: 2

Acft/Vehicle/Ground: EF-10B

Other Personnel In Incident: Everett A. McPherson

Source: Compiled by THE P.O.W. NETWORK 02 February 93 from the following published sources - POW/MIA's -- Report of the Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs United States Senate -- January 13, 1993. "The Senate Select Committee staff has prepared case summaries for the priority cases that the Administration is now investigating. These provide the facts about each case, describe the circumstances under which the individual was lost, and detail the information learned since the date of loss. Information in the case summaries is limited to information from casualty files, does not include any judgments by Committee staff, and attempts to relate essential facts. The Committee acknowledges that POW/MIAs' primary next-of- kin know their family members' cases in more comprehensive detail than summarized here and recognizes the limitations that the report format imposes on these summaries."

On March 18, 1966, First Lieutenants McPherson and Davis were the crew on board an EF-10B, one in a flight of two aircraft on an electronic counter-measures mission in support of an air strike approximately 10 miles west of Thanh Hoa City, Thanh Hoa Province. Their flight received 85mm anti-aircraft fire during the mission. There was an explosion in their aircraft while at an altitude of 26,000 feet and over neighboring Nghe An Province. They were believed to have been hit and downed by enemy surface to air

missile. A SAR mission over the area produced negative results.  Both airmen were initially declared missing in action. Returning

U.S. POWs had no information on their fate. Both airmen were initially declared dead/body not recovered, based on a presumptive

finding of death.

In December 1988, Vietnamese officials acknowledge having knowledge

of their loss incident.

 

The EF10B Skynight

 

MEMORANDUM FOR CORRESPONDENTS No. 232-M
December 30, 1997

The remains of three American servicemen previously unaccounted-for from Southeast Asia have been identified and were returned to their families for burial in the United States.

They are identified as Maj. Glenn A Belcher, of Fessendon, N.D.; Maj. Ronald N. Sittner, of South Euclid, Ohio, both U.S. Air Force; and 1st Lt. Brent E. Davis, U.S. Marine Corps, of Santa Clara, Calif.

On Dec. 31, 1967, Belcher was leading an armed reconnaissance mission over Laos when others in his flight observed the A-1E Skyraider roll several times before striking the ground near an enemy gun position. A search of the area revealed no evidence to demonstrate that Belcher had survived the crash.

In 1994 and 1995, joint U.S.-Lao teams investigated a suspected crash site believed to be that of Belcher. The teams recovered several bone fragments, some personal effects, pilot related artifacts, and aircraft wreckage. The remains were subsequently identified as Belcher's.

On Aug. 23, 1967, Sittner and the aircraft commander were flying an F-4D Phantom on a strike mission over North Vietnam. Their aircraft was hit by air-to-air missiles and crashed over Thai Nguyen Province. The aircraft commander was captured by the Vietnamese and later released during Operation Homecoming in 1973.

Joint U.S.-Vietnamese teams investigated this incident three times between 1990 and 1992. Local villagers were able to accurately recall the shootdown and described finding the remains of a pilot hanging in a tree. They reportedly buried the body nearby. A team excavated a suspected burial site and found remains and crew-related items. The remains were determined to be those of Sittner.

On March 18, 1966, Davis and a crewmember were providing electronic countermeasures for an air strike over Nghe An Province, North Vietnam when his EF-10B Skynight exploded in midair. No contact with either man after the explosion was ever established. The cause of the explosion remains unknown, however, it is probable that the aircraft was struck by an enemy surface-to-air missile.

In 1993, a joint U.S.-Vietnamese team traveled to Nghe An Province and interviewed local villagers who provided information on this incident. They reported that one American had ejected from the burning aircraft but his shoot failed to open. The other pilot was found dead at the crash site. A villager turned over to U.S. authorities remains he claimed to have recovered from the crash site.

In 1995 and 1997, U.S.-Vietnamese joint teams excavated the crash area and recovered suspected bone fragments and wreckage material. The suspected human remains are currently undergoing forensic analysis at the U.S. Army's Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii. Mitochondria DNA testing performed on the bone fragment turned over in 1993 confirmed the identification as that of Davis. His crewmate is still unaccounted for.

With the identification of these three servicemen, 2,099 Americans remain unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War.

The U.S. government welcomes and appreciates the cooperation of the governments of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Lao People's Democratic Republic which resulted in the accounting of these servicemen. We hope that such cooperation will bring increased results in the future. Achieving the fullest possible accounting for these Americans is of the highest national priority.

 

 

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1st Lt. Brent E. Davis has been adopted by the Virtual Military Command-Navy.

 


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