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Press Release

January  23, 2007

 

No. 07-002
 



Contact:
Mokie Porter
301-585-4000, Ext. 146

 

 

VVA HONORS THE MEMORY OF
TWO FORMER MEN MISSING IN ACTION


 



(Washington, D.C. ) – Vietnam Veterans of America paid tribute to two fallen American servicemen from the Vietnam War, 1st Lieutenant Fred Ransbottom, and Pfc. William E. “Skip” Skivington, Jr., whose remains recently were repatriated to the United States. Ransbottom was interred in Edmond, Oklahoma, on January 13 and Skivington was interred at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors on January 23. Both men perished on May 12, 1968, during a fierce battle at the Special Forces Camp of Kham Duc.

“Because of the ferocity of the battle, it was impossible to recover their bodies,” VVA President John Rowan said. “Vietnam Veterans of America is proud—and humbled—by the fact that our organization played the leading role in finding out what happened to the 32 men who were unaccounted for in that battle and the at nearby Ngok Tavak two days earlier. Our Veterans Initiative Task Force made three trips to Vietnam—in 1994, 1995, and 1998—to help account for these men and worked closely and encouraged the Pentagon’s MIA office to undertake efforts to find and repatriate the remains.

“We are pleased that after more than three decades the families will be able to benefit from the recoveries of their loved ones,” Rowan said.

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