02 June 2010

U.S. Air Force pilot from Vietnam War identified: Col. Elton L. Perrine

Today the U.S. Department of Defense issued this press release announcing that the remains of U.S. Air Force pilot, Colonel Elton L. Perrine of Pittsford, New York, have been identified.

Col. Perrine was burried last week at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

On 22 May 1967, Perrine and Capt. Kenneth F. Backus completed a nighttime strike against the Cao Nung Railroad Yard near the town of Kep in North Vietnam. Seconds after the bomb run, a nearby aircrew reported seeing an isolated explosion approximately three miles east of the target, thought to be Perrine’s F-4C Phantom aircraft crashing. Search and rescue attempts were not initiated due to heavy anti-aircraft fire in the area. No remains connected to Backus have been recovered.

Rest in peace Col. Perrine you are finally home. Lest we forget.

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