Remains Identified 2011

Name: Edward R. Silver
Rank/Branch: USAF, O4
Date of Birth: 02 February 34
Home City of Record: Junction City, OR
Date of Loss: 05 July 68
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 171300N 1062800E
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 2
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: F4C

Other Personnel In Incident: Bruce E. Lawrence

Source: Compiled by THE P.O.W. NETWORK 02 February 93 from the
following published sources - POW/MIA's -- Report of the Select Committee
on POW/MIA Affairs United States Senate -- January 13, 1993. "The Senate
Select Committee staff has prepared case summaries for the priority cases
that the Administration is now investigating. These provide the facts about
each case, describe the circumstances under which the individual was lost,
and detail the information learned since the date of loss.  Information in
the case summaries is limited to information from casualty files, does not
include any judgments by Committee staff, and attempts to relate essential
facts. The Committee acknowledges that POW/MIAs' primary next-of- kin know
their family members' cases in more comprehensive detail than summarized
here and recognizes the limitations that the report format imposes on these

On July 5, 1968, Major Silver and First Lieutenant Lawrence were the crew of
an F-4C on a night armed reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam.  Their
aircraft was hit by hostile anti-aircraft fire.  Their wingman observed
their aircraft turn into a large fireball with streaks of fire trailing out
of the bottom, followed by a second smaller explosion.  There were no
parachutes observed and no beepers heard.  Intense hostile fire prevented a
daylight search of the area.  Both airmen were declared missing in action.
During Operation Homecoming, a returning POW reported seeing a propaganda
film which included the showing of a body in a flight suit.  The returnee
was "almost positive" the name strip on the suit was "Silver."

No returning U.S. POW was able to report either of the missing crewmen in
captivity.  Both were later declared killed in action, body not recovered,
based on a presumptive finding of death.




UPDATE:  September 2, 2011



AMERICANS IDENTIFIED:  There are now 1,683 Americans listed by the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) as missing and unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War.  On August 29th, DPMO posted the names of Col Gilbert S. Palmer, Jr, USAF, listed MIA in Laos 2/27/68, and Lt Col Edward D. Silver, USAF, listed MIA in North Vietnam 7/5/68, as accounted-forCol Palmer’s remains were jointly recovered on 11/17/09 and identified 5/19/11.  Lt Col Silver’s remains were repatriated 6/26/98 and identified 5/31/11.  DPMO also recently posted the news that Major Thomas E. Clark, USAF, PA, listed as MIA in Laos on 2/8/69, and Major Bruce E. Lawrence, USAF, NJ, listed as MIA in North Vietnam 7/5/68, are now accounted-for.  Major Clark’s remains were jointly recovered on 11/16/05 and identified 6/3/11. Major Lawrence’s remains were recovered 6/26/98 and identified 6/3/11.  The number of Americans returned and identified since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975 is now 900; another 63 US personnel, recovered post-incident and identified before the end of the war, bring the total to 961.  Of the 1,683 unreturned American veterans from the Vietnam War, our POW/MIAs, 90% were lost in Vietnam or in areas of Laos and Cambodia under Vietnam’s wartime control: Vietnam�1,292 (VN-473, VS-819); Laos�326; 6; Cambodia�58; Peoples Republic of China territorial waters�7; over 450 were over-water losses.



Four Vietnam-Era Aviators Identified

Three Airmen, One Naval Aviator Returned To U.S. For Burial

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office has released the names of three aviators missing in action from the Vietnam war whose remains have returned to the U.S. for military burials.

Air Force Lt. Col. Edward D. Silver, 34, of Junction City, Ore., was buried on June 6, in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington D.C. On June 7, there was a group burial service at Arlington National Cemetery honoring Silver and the other crew member, Maj. Bruce E. Lawrence, 25, of Easton Pa. Lawrence was buried on Sept. 21, 2011, in his hometown.......