Defense Department forensic scientists identified the remains of CMSgt. Edwin E. Morgan, 38, of Eagle Spring, N.C., an airman who had been missing in action since the Vietnam War, announced the Pentagon. DOD returned Morgan’s remains to his family; his burial with full military honors took place on June 27 in Rockwell, N.C. Morgan was the loadmaster of an AC-47D gunship that departed Da Nang AB, South Vietnam, on March 13, 1966, on an armed reconnaissance mission along the Vietnam-Laos border. The airplane never returned. The Pentagon listed Morgan as missing in action, and a military review board later changed his status to presumed dead. In February 1997, a joint US-Lao team located a crash site in Xekong Province, Laos. Between February 2010 and May 2014, joint US-Lao teams surveyed and excavated the site, recovering human remains, military equipment, and aircraft wreckage that led to Morgan’s identification. (See also UK Daily Mail report.)
In a nighttime ceremony contrived to continue concealment of many of its features, the new B-21 bomber rolled out of Northrop Grumman's Palmdale, Calif. plant Dec. 2. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the aircraft's advanced technology represents "deterrence, the American way."