Navy LCDR William Patrick Egan returned home yesterday, after a 45 year absence.
LCDR Egan was flying A-1H BuNo 137576 while assinged to VA-215, flying off the USS Hancock. On April 29, 1966, he was shot down while on a road recon mission in Laos. His ultimate fate was not determined. (some sources show the date as April 19, but the official record shows April 29.)
In 1996, a recovery team found pieces of his aircraft, but no sign of remains. Nearby villagers indicated that Egan's body had been pulled form the wreckage and buried, but the locaiton was unknown. In 2009, a farmer turned over a couple of bone fragments he had unearthed near the crash site. DNA matching was used to identify them as Egan's remains.
LCDR Egan will be buried in Houston this weekend with full military honors.
Welcome home, sir.