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SMSgt Paul L. Foster


December 29, 1967

Khammouan, Laos

The Vietnam War

On October 18, 1995, Joint Task Force–Full Accounting (JTF-FA, now DPAA) identified the remains of Senior Master Sergeant Paul Leonard Foster, missing from the Vietnam War.

Senior Master Sergeant Foster entered the U.S. Air Force from Tennessee and served with the 606th Air Commando Squadron. On February 22, 1969, he was the navigator aboard an A-26A Invader (tail number 64-17641, call sign "Nimrod 33") on a night combat mission against enemy targets in Laos. During the mission, his aircraft was shot down by enemy ground fire and crashed in Khammouan Province, killing SMSgt Foster. A search was prevented by the rugged terrain and the active enemy presence in the loss area, and his remains were not recovered at the time. In 1996, a joint U.S./Laotian investigative team traveled to the crash site in Khammouan Province where they recovered human remains and personal effects, and in 2000, U.S. investigators were able to identify SMSgt Foster from these remains.

Senior Master Sergeant Foster is memorialized in the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

SMSgt Paul L. Foster

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