PALISADES PARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities have
identified the remains of an Army soldier from Palisades Park who has been
missing in action in Vietnam since 1969.
The Defense Department says Army Sgt. 1st Class Gunther Wald was part of a
Special Forces reconnaissance patrol operating near the Vietnam-Laos border in
The Pentagon says Wald and two other Americans were wounded during an ambush.
There was no sign of the men when a search-and-rescue team, hampered by the
enemy and weather, reached the site eight days later.
A Vietnamese citizen led investigators to human remains he had discovered in
2007. They were excavated in 2010 and later identified.
Wald and the others will be buried in a single casket at Arlington National
Cemetery on Thursday.