Remains IDd 05/2011

Name: Thomas Edward Reitmann
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O3
Date of Birth: 08 December 1930
Home City of Record: REDWING MN
Date of Loss: 01 December 1965
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 213300 North  1062900 East
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D #0182
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 0200

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File.



No further information available at this time.

Vietnam Vet Remains Recovered

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Sometimes coincidences are just that. Other times, they take on deeper meaning.

Such is the case of Air Force Major Thomas Reitmann of Red Wing.

News of his return has surfaced just a few days before Memorial Day. But it's a bittersweet homecoming that's taken 45 years.

The Red Wing war memorial has stood near the middle of downtown since 1988. But the names listed underneath the Vietnam Conflict hadn't been completely accounted for... until now. ....


Remains of pilot missing since 1965 identified

Published August 12, 2011

| Associated Press 

Scientists have identified the remains of a fighter pilot who was declared missing after his jet was shot down over North Vietnam in 1965.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser ( reported Friday the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command recovered the remains of Air Force Capt. Thomas Reitmann in 2009 from Vietnam and

in May notified his wife that a positive identification had been made.......



Mystery of Air Force pilot's disappearance solved after 45 years

By Andrew Meacham, Times Staff Writer
In Print: Monday, August 8, 2011

On Dec. 1, 1965, Capt. Thomas Reitmann climbed into a F-105D Thunderchief for a bombing raid over North Vietnam.

He never returned.

The Air Force notified Carol Reitmann that her husband had been shot down and was missing.......


09/01/2011 02:47 PM CDT

September 01, 2011

Air Force Pilot Missing From Vietnam War Identified

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

  Air Force Major Thomas E. Reitmann of Red Wing, Minn., will be buried on Sept. 8 in Arlington National Cemetery.� In 1965, Reitmann was assigned to the 334th Tactical Fighter Squadron deployed out of Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., to Takhli Air Base, Thailand.  On Dec 1, 1965, he was flying a strike mission as the number three aircraft in a flight of four F-105D Thunderchiefs as part of Operation Rolling Thunder. His target was a railroad bridge located about 45 nautical miles northeast of Hanoi. As the aircrew approached the target area, they encountered extremely heavy and accurate anti-aircraft artillery (AAA). While attempting to acquire his target and release his ordnance, Reitmann received a direct AAA hit and crashed in Lang Son Province, North Vietnam. Other pilots in the flight observed no parachute, and no signals or emergency beepers were heard. Due to the intense enemy fire in the area a search-and-rescue team was not able to survey the site and a two-day electronic search found no sign of the aircraft or Reitmann.

 In 1988, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (S.R.V.) repatriated remains to the United States believed to be those of Reitmann. The remains were later identified as those of another American pilot who went missing in the area on the same day as Reitmann.

Between 1991 and 2009, joint U.S.-S.R.V. teams, led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), analyzed numerous leads, interviewed villagers, and attempted to locate the aircraft. Although no evidence of the crash site was found, in 2009 and 2011 a local farmer turned over remains and a metal button he claimed to have found in his corn field.

Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory also used mitochondrial DNA - which matched that of his brother -- in the identification of Reitmann's remains.

 For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO web site at or call 571-422-9059.