FERGUSON, DOUGLAS DAVID Remains Identified see story below. 2014
Name: Douglas David Ferguson Rank/Branch: O2/US Air Force Unit: 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Udorn AB, Thailand Date of Birth: 26 April 1945 Home City of Record: Tacoma WA Date of Loss: 30 December 1969 Country of Loss: Laos Loss Coordinates: 195900N 1032900E (UH413101) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 2 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: F4D Refno: 1541
Other Personnel In Incident: Fielding W. Featherston III (missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1990 with the assistance of one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 2014.
SYNOPSIS: The Plain of Jars region of Laos was long under the control of the communist Pathet Lao and a continual effort had been made by the secret CIA-directed force of some 30,000 indigenous tribesmen to strengthen anti-communist strongholds there. The U.S. committed hundreds of millions of dollars to the war effort in Laos, but details of this secret operation were not released until August 1971.
Doug Ferguson and Fielding Featherston were aboard one of five F4D aircraft on a mission into the Plaine des Jarres region of Laos on December 30, 1969. Their ship was hit by enemy fire and exploded in a fireball. There were no parachutes seen, nor were emergency radio "beeper" signals heard that day by other aircraft.
On the following day, the crash site was photographed and two empty parachutes were visible hanging in nearby trees. The area was too heavily defended for a ground search to be possible.
Ferguson and Featherston may well have been captured. They are among the nearly 600 Americans lost in Laos. Because Laos was "neutral", and because the U.S. continued to state they were not at war with Laos (although we were regularly bombing North Vietnamese traffic along the border and conducted assaults against communist strongholds thoughout the country at the behest of the anti-communist government of Laos), and did not recognize the Pathet Lao as a government entity, the nearly 600 Americans lost in Laos were never recovered.
The Pathet Lao stated that they would release the "tens of tens" of American prisoners they held only from Laos. At war's end, no American held in Laos was released - or negotiated for.
Voluminous evidence exists that Americans still survive, captive, in Indochina. Until serious steps are taken to resolve the fate of these men, the families of Ferguson and Featherston must wonder if their men are alive, abandoned by their country.
Douglas D. Ferguson graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1967.
Troy woman keeps her brother's memory alive by fighting for POWs
Web-posted Apr 15, 2007
By CAROL HOPKINS Of The Oakland Press
Sue Scott was home in Southfield around Christmas 1969 when her sister-in-law called her.
"She said my brother had been shot down," Scott said. "I said 'I don't really believe it, I don't want to believe it.'".....
Contact Carol Hopkins at (248) 745-4645 or firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.theoaklandpress.com/stories/041507/loc_2007041587.shtml
Capt. Douglas D. Ferguson, 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron, USAF, was lost on 30 December 1969 in Laos. He was accounted for on 5 March 2014. He will be buried with full military honors on 2 May 2014 in Lakewood, WA.
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April 25, 2014
Airman Missing From Vietnam War Accounted For
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today
that the remains of a serviceman, missing from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be
returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
Air Force Capt. Douglas D. Ferguson, 24, of Tacoma, Wash., will be buried May 2, in
Lakewood, Wash. On Dec. 30, 1969, Ferguson was on an armed reconnaissance mission when
his F-4D Phantom II aircraft crashed in Houaphan Province, Laos. A U.S. forward air controller
saw an explosion on the ground and interpreted it to be that of Fergusonís aircraft. He reported
seeing no survivors. Ferguson was carried as missing in action until a military review board later
amended his status to presumed killed in action.
Between 1994 and 1997, joint U.S./Lao Peopleís Democratic Republic (L.P.D.R.) teams
conducted investigations of the crash site. U.S. aircraft wreckage and personal effects were found
that confirmed this as the crash site of Fergusonís F-4D.
From October 2009 to April 2013, joint U.S./L.P.D.R. teams excavated the site three times
and recovered human remains.
In the identification of Ferguson, scientists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting
Command (JPAC) and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL) used
circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools, such as dental comparisons, which
matched his records, and mitochondrial DNA, which matched Fergusonís maternal line sister and
Today there are 1,642 American service members that are still unaccounted for from the
For additional information on the Defense Departmentís mission to account for missing
Americans, visit the DPMO website at www.dtic.mil/dpmo or call 703-699-1169.
May 3 2014
Missing Vietnam War airman's remains returned home 45 years later