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DM0148 Old photograph of Maj. Perry H. Jefferson who went missing while serving in the Air Force in Vietnam on April 3, 1969. The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that Maj. Jefferson's remains have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. He will be buried April 3, 2008 in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C. Mike Jefferson said he was relieved when he learned about his brother's fate of being killed in the crash because for years he worried that he might have suffered as a prisoner of war. On April 3, 1969, Jefferson was an aerial observer on board an O-1G Bird Dog aircraft on a visual reconnaissance mission over a mountainous region in Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam. The pilot of the aircraft, then U.S. Army 1st Lt. Arthur G. Ecklund, radioed Phan Rang airbase to report his location, but contact was lost soon after. An extensive, three-day search and rescue effort began, but no evidence of a crash was found. Hostile threats in the area precluded further search efforts. (DARIN MCGREGOR/ ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS) **Mike Jefferson (cq) **Perry H. Jefferson (presser

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