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Vietnam War soldier's remains finally identified | (UPI) -- The Pentagon has identified the remains of a U.S. soldier listed as missing since Dec. 20, 1966, when his aircraft crashed in Laos during a reconnaissance mission in the Vietnam War.

The remains of Army Capt. Larry F. Lucas of Marmet, W.Va., are being returned to his family for burial with military honors, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.

Lucas' OV-1 Mohawk was hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire over Savannakhet Province, Laos. The aircraft entered a steep dive, crashed and exploded, according to the crew of a second OV-1 flying nearby. Another crew member ejected from the aircraft before the crash and was rescued.

Four joint U.S.-Lao searches between January 1990 and September 1999 turned up remains and aircraft debris, which forensic scientists from the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii identified.

There are more than 1,900 Americans unaccounted for from the war in Southeast Asia, according to the Pentagon.

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