Green Tree native, once declared MIA in Vietnam War, to be buried in Arlington

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The remains of an Air Force officer from Green Tree shot down over Laos in 1968 will be buried next week at Arlington National Cemetery.

Lt. Col. Robert Pietsch, 31, the pilot of a two-man bomber, and his navigator, Maj. Louis Guillermin, 25, of West Chester, Pa., were killed April 30, 1968, while on a mission to attack supply lines on the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

The Department of Defense said in a release today that both men have been accounted for and will be buried in a single casket at Arlington next week.

The Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office had made the same announcement in a release on Sept. 30, indicating the remains of the men had been identified this summer.

The crash site had been located in 1994 and the remains recovered in 2006.

Remains matched to Maj. Guillermin through DNA analysis were buried Oct. 5 in a private plot outside Philadelphia.

Other remains co-mingled with those of Lt. Col. Pietsch will be buried Wednesday at Arlington with full military honors.

Lt. Col. Pietsch left behind a wife and five children. He was among more than 1,600 Americans unaccounted for from Vietnam.

See Sunday's Post-Gazette for full story on Lt. Col. Pietsch.


First Published October 11, 2013 2:30 PM


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