There was little doubt that West
Sacramento's Richard L. Laws died April 3, 1966, when the naval fighter
pilot's aircraft was hit by
enemy fire and crashed in North Vietnam.
"After making a strafing run on the target,
Lt. Laws radioed that his aircraft had been hit," reads a military report on
"Twenty seconds later, his flight lead observed Laws' aircraft impact a hillside and explode."
The report goes on to state that a parachute
was observed but it was not used. No further radio contact was received from
26-year-old Laws after impact......