August 1, 2002 at 9:12 PM EST - Updated July 1 at 8:55 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The remains of an Ohio soldier and two other U.S. servicemen missing since the Vietnam War have been identified, the Pentagon said Thursday.
Chief Warrant Officer Charles Stanley of Cleveland disappeared Feb. 6, 1969, while flying aboard a UH-1H helicopter on an emergency supply mission in Vietnam.
Stanley and Sgt. 1st Class Eugene F. Christiansen of Barstow, Calif., were part of the crew on a flight that radioed that it was returning to base due to poor weather. Stanley was 23 at the time.
The flight never returned and no wreckage was found in the immediate search.
Investigators, working with cooperation of the Vietnamese government and information from local residents, collected remains, personal artifacts and aircraft debris in the Quang Tri province in 1993, 1995 and 1996.
Stanley's remains were identified through comparison of DNA genetic material from the blood of a female relative and his bone or teeth, said Larry Greer, a spokesman for the Department of Defense POW/MIA Office in Washington, D.C.
The identification was made at the Army Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii.
The remains of Christiansen and a passenger, Lt. Col. Donald Eugene Parsons of Sparta, Ill., also were identified. The remains of three others remain unidentified.
Stanley was born in Cleveland and attended suburban Mayfield High School and Ohio State University. He joined the Army in 1968.
The Pentagon said the remains would be returned to the families. Messages seeking funeral details were left for Stanley's brother.
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