FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Nearly four decades after his plane was shot down off the waters of Vietnam, the remains of a Navy airman from Fort Worth will be laid to rest today.
The remains of Lieutenant junior grade Frank E. Hand III will be buried at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
The Navy will provide four F/A-18 Hornets to perform the "missing man" formation over the cemetery -- a special gesture for Hand's younger brother Bruce Hand.
Twenty-six-year-old Frank Hand, along with three other officers and eight sailors, took off on a routine mission on April First, 1968. They were in a P-3 Orion from an air base in Thailand.
According to news accounts, the airplane was hit by anti-aircraft fire from a Cambodian gunboat. No one survived.
In the summer of 2002, a team of Defense Department MIA hunters in Ho Chi Minh City got a call from their counterparts in the Vietnamese government. Some fishermen had discovered human bones and airplane wreckage in the Gulf of Thailand.
The Navy made the DNA match to Hand.