Defense Dept: Remains of Utah pilot identified

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Department of Defense says the remains of an Air Force pilot missing in action from the Vietnam War have been identified.

The department’s POW/Missing Personnel Office says the remains of Air Force Maj. Russell C. Goodman will be buried in Alaska. Goodman was from Salt Lake City.

Goodman will be honored this week at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. The base is home to the U.S. Air Force Thunderbird demonstration team. When Goodman went missing, he was assigned to the Thunderbirds and was flying with the U.S. Navy on an exchange program.

Goodman went missing Feb. 20, 1967 when his plane was struck by enemy anti-aircraft fire. Two excavations conducted between 1993 and 2008 recovered human remains eventually identified as Goodman’s.