The July 24 2002 DPMO list of "U.S. Accounted for from the Vietnam War" lists names of David R. Williams and Robert Govan, lost over Laos on April 1, 1967.
According to the list remains for Williams and Govan were returned July 15, 1996 and identified June 14, 2002. CIL-HI did not even attempt mt-DNA testing. Reaching a new level of creativity, CIL-HI identified the handful of remains as David R. Williams and Robert Govan.
- Minimal remains, no more than a handful were recovered.
- No remains were individually identifiable.
- No identifying items were recovered from the crash site that could associate the men to the recovery site.
United in their protest, both the Williams and Govan family exercised their right to dispute the identification. The families filed challenges with the Armed Forces Identification Review Board. Other families with questionable identification have also disputed those finding before the Armed Forces Identification Review Board (AFIRB.) The board always upheld the CIL-HI identification..... Until March 2003.....
The board ruled that there was not enough evidence to support an identification of Williams and Govan. Both David Williams and Robert Govan were returned to the list of the unaccounted for personnel in Southeast Asia..
This begs the question, with their identifications recinded, “How many more share the same plight as Thomas Hart and George MacDonald, who have not been returned to list of unaccounted for personnel in Southeast Asia?”