A colleague comes home from the Secret War in Southeast Asia

donaldshue. . . a farmer in Laos found human remains that JPAC officials determined were the three Americans from Reconnaissance Team Maryland: Sergeants Shue, Wald and Brown. A forensic report confirmed that teeth recovered from that area matched Sergeant Shue’s dental records . . . .

Donald Shue was TDY (temporary duty) to SOG from B Company, 1st Special Forces Group. I knew him from there (Okinawa). He went missing during a highly classified mission in Laos on November 3, 1969, part of the secret war in Vietnam. He came home and was laid to rest on May 1, 2011. He had been gone a long time and his family had few details on what had happened to him. Now they have the whole story.

Thousands of spectators attended memorial services for Sergeant Shue in Concord and Kannapolis, and the funeral on Sunday. Thousands more lined the roads holding flags as Sergeant Shue’s procession passed, escorted by more than 4,000 motorcyclists from the Special Forces Association, the Patriot Guard, Rolling Thunder, Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club and Combat Veterans Association.

I am glad he is home and hope the others will also be brought home.  51 Green Berets who fought in Southeast Asia remain listed as missing in action.

The article, http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/31/homecoming-for-a-veteran-of-the-secret-war-in-southeast-asia/, was written by another friend of mine, “Tilt” Meyer who served with me in SOG.

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